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US airlines resuming flights to Israel after ceasefire

View of a United Airlines flight at Ben Gurion International Airport on August 3, 2013. (Moshe Shai/FLASH90)
View of a United Airlines flight at Ben Gurion International Airport on August 3, 2013. (Moshe Shai/FLASH90)

United, Delta and American say they are resuming flights to Tel Aviv after Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire in violence that had included rockets fired toward Ben Gurion International Airport.

Delta Air Lines plans to operate its first flight from New York to Tel Aviv since early last week on Friday night, with the first return trip on Sunday. Delta will “closely monitor the security situation and will make adjustments to our flight schedules as necessary,” spokesman Morgan Durrant says.

United Airlines also says it expects to resume service Friday night, with a flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Tel Aviv. A spokeswoman said the airline plans to also resume flights from Chicago and San Francisco over the weekend. United halted flights from all three US cities to Israel on May 12.

American Airlines said it plans to restart New York-Tel Aviv flights on Monday.

The truce between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas appeared to be holding Friday, after an 11-day war that left more than 250 people dead, mostly Palestinians.

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