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Rockets intercepted over central Israel hours after FAA lifts ban

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted five rockets over central Israel hours after the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority lifted its ban on American carriers flying to Israel.

On Thursday morning, two rockets fired from Gaza were intercepted over both Bat Yam and Tel Aviv, while one was snared over Petach Tikvah.

Shrapnel from the rockets was discovered on major highways in Tel Aviv after the interceptions, according to reports.

The FAA had banned flights to Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fired from Gaza struck a house in the central Israeli town of Yehud, located about a mile from Ben Gurion International Airport. The ban was lifted late Wednesday night.

A US Airways’ representative in Israel told Haaretz on Thursday morning that the airline will begin flying to and from Ben Gurion Airport on Friday. Other U.S. airlines have not yet indicated if and when they will resume flights.

Delta announcd late Thursday afternoon that it would resume flights in and out of Ben Gurion airport.

In a safety information bulletin issued Thursday, the European Aviation Safety Agency revised a previous bulletin to flight operators warning them to refrain from flying in and out of Ben Gurion “on the basis of information provided by the Civil Aviation Authority” of Israel.

Under the revision, the agency recommends that airline operators “base their decisions for flight operations to and from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel on thorough risk assessments.”

“The Agency continues to draw the aviation community’s attention to the necessity to closely monitor risks to the safety of international civil flights,” the bulletin said.

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