Flights in Israel are being redirected due to recent missile attacks

Israeli Iron Dome air defense systemPhoto: AP Photo / Ariel Schalit
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All flights to Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv are being redirected to an airport in the far south of Israel as a result of missile attacks from the Gaza Strip.

The change will take place from Thursday morning, Israeli aviation authorities say. All passenger planes will now land at Ramon Airport near the resort town of Eilat.

According to the Israeli military, more than 1,600 missiles have been fired at Israel since the attacks began earlier this week. 

Israel has responded with airstrikes on targets linked to armed groups in the Gaza Strip. Many of the targets are located in densely populated areas, according to news bureau NTB.

In Israel, air defense sirens sounded off on Thursday as far north as Nazareth for the first time. Ten kilometers east of Tel Aviv, a fire broke out when a missile landed between apartment blocks.

The United States’ largest airlines have canceled their flights to Israel as a result of the conflict.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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