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During final Gaza rocket barrage, Ben Gurion Airport passengers were rushed back into terminal

Illustrative: An El Al flight takes off at Ben Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv, October 25, 2021 (Yossi Aloni/FLASH90)
Illustrative: An El Al flight takes off at Ben Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv, October 25, 2021 (Yossi Aloni/FLASH90)

Army Radio reports that passengers boarding flights at Ben Gurion Airport were rushed off the aircraft sleeves and back into the terminal amid a rocket attack in central Israel last night.

The passengers took shelter in the terminal’s reinforced area as a rocket siren sounded, but the Israel Airports Authority later said no rocket was heading their way.

After investigating the matter, the IAA confirmed no rockets came close to the airport, and none were intercepted over the area — despite some Hebrew media reports that said one rocket was indeed shot down over the airport.

Flights resumed after around 11 minutes, after checks revealed that no shrapnel from a potential rocket or interception had damaged the runways.

Flights inbound to Israel held their positions as the rocket sirens sounded in Tel Aviv, a standard procedure.

The barrage came shortly before a ceasefire went into effect.

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