US Airlines Pull Back from Israel Flights as War Breaks Out


US Airlines Pull Back from Israel Flights as War Breaks Out

The three major US airlines halted flights with Israel after the country was attacked by Hamas over the weekend, while some Middle Eastern and European carriers continued to give passengers an exit route from the developing war.

Delta Air Lines Inc., United Airlines Holdings Inc and American Airlines Group Inc. cancelled services to Tel Aviv, as did European counterparts Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Air France-KLM and budget specialist Wizz Air Holdings Plc.

A Palestinian group, Hamas, had launched its biggest attack on Israel early on Saturday, firing a barrage of rockets from Gaza and sending fighters across the border.

In response, Israel said it was on a war footing and began its own strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza on Sunday, hitting housing blocks, tunnels, a mosque, and the homes of Hamas officials in Gaza.

The fighting continued in several locations Monday morning. At least 700 people have reportedly been killed in Israel and more than 400 have been killed in Gaza.

In a report, the European Union, Russia, the United States, and Nigeria, among other nations, have called for a ceasefire and dialogue between Israel and Palestine over the renewed outbreak of hostilities between both countries.