Turkey resumes flights to Israel

July 26, 2014 - 2:30:27 pm

ISTANBUL: Turkey on Saturday allowed the resumption of flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport after Israel and Hamas agreed to a temporary ceasefire in Gaza, the state civil aviation authority said on Saturday.

"Taking into account the current ceasefire, the flight ban on Israel's Ben Gurion Airport has been lifted, pending a subsequent announcement," Turkish Ministry of Transport's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (SHGM) said on Twitter.

Turkey imposed the flight ban late Tuesday amid fears that rocket fire from Gaza was endangering commercial air traffic into Tel Aviv and renewed the ban repeatedly due to security reasons.

Major US and European airlines were on Saturday also resuming flights to Tel Aviv.

A 12-hour, UN-requested humanitarian ceasefire entered into force between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip at 0500 GMT on Saturday, the 19th day of a conflict that has killed hundreds. (AFP)