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Airlines Cancel Flights To Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport

07/22/2014 11:10 EDT | Updated 09/21/2014 05:59 EDT

UPDATE: (2:25 pm ET) The Canadian Press reports: Air Canada says it has cancelled a scheduled flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv tonight following reports of a rocket explosion near the Israeli city's airport.

The announcement came shortly after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration prohibited U.S. airlines from flying to Tel Aviv for 24 hours. Several European airlines have also cancelled their flights, some of them for the next 36 hours.

An Air Canada spokeswoman says the airline will continue to evaluate the situation and provide updates as needed.

UPDATE: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has instituted a 24-hour ban on flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport, after a Hamas rocket exploded nearby, the Associated Press reports. The notice applies only to U.S. airlines.

Original story follows below.

Two U.S. airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice, after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines said Tuesday they are suspending service between the U.S. and Israel indefinitely. US Airways scrapped its Tel Aviv service Tuesday and said it is monitoring the situation in regards to future flights.

Delta Air Lines' one daily flight was already in the air. Delta said a Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board.

Israeli police confirmed that a rocket from Gaza landed in an area near the airport. Police spokeswomen Luba Samri said the rocket caused damage to a house and slightly wounded one Israeli.

Airlines and passengers are growing more anxious about safety since last week, when a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. Airlines have rerouted planes to avoid the area over eastern Ukraine where pro-Soviet separatists are battling the Ukrainian army.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration had no immediate comment.

A Delta spokesman declined to go beyond the details released in a statement.

United Airlines has cancelled its two daily flights to Israel out of Newark, N.J., according to spokesman Rahsaan Johnson.

US Airways, which has one daily flight from Philadelphia, cancelled that flight Tuesday and the return trip from Tel Aviv.

"We are in constant contact with the FAA and are monitoring the situation closely," said Casey Norton, spokesman for US Airways' parent company American Airlines. The airline has not yet made a decision about flights to Israel scheduled for Wednesday and beyond.