Gaza crisis: Alitalia suspends flights to Israel
The Local/AFP · 23 Jul 2014, 08:40
Published: 23 Jul 2014 08:40 GMT+02:00
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The airline joins Germany's Lufthansa and Air France in suspending flights to and from Israel for at least 36 hours.
The European carriers made the announcement after American airlines US AIrways and United Airlines had taken similar action.
American aviation authorities barred its airlines from flying to and from Israel for at least 24 hours after a rocket landed near Ben Gourion airport in Tel Aviv.
Later on Tuesday, Europe's air safety watchdog said it would recommend that all European airlines avoid Tel Aviv after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near the city's international airport.
The European Aviation Safety Agency told AFP it would issue a "strong recommendation to avoid until further notice Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport."
Meanwhile, the foreign ministers of Italy, France and Germany on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitic slurs and violence at pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Europe and pledged to take firm action.