Israel-Gaza: Planes diverted amid rocket threat

Several international airlines say they are temporarily suspending flights to Israel’s main airport near Tel Aviv because of the hostilities.

Three US carriers – United, Delta and American Airlines – as well as Germany’s Lufthansa and British Airways have halted flights to and from Ben Gurion airport due to safety and security concerns.

Airport authorities at Ben Gurion have re-routed incoming aircraft to Ramon airport near Eilat in southern Israel because of the dangers of rocket fire from Gaza. Hamas said earlier that it had fired a large rocket at Ramon, but an Israeli official denied the claim. (BBC)

•PHOTO: Smoke and flames rise from Gaza City following Israeli air strikes on Wednesday