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updated: 7/23/2014 12:41 PM

European agency urges airlines to avoid Tel Aviv

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  • Travelers congregate in front of a departures board showing one canceled flight to Tel Aviv at Newark Liberty International Airport.

      Travelers congregate in front of a departures board showing one canceled flight to Tel Aviv at Newark Liberty International Airport.
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The European Aviation Safety Agency says it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from operating flights to and from Tel Aviv.

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The recommendation by Europe's main aviation safety body came after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to Israel's Ben Gurion airport for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby.

EASA's statement Tuesday didn't name a similar timeframe, but it said the agency would "monitor the situation and advise on any update as the situation develops."

European airlines including Lufthansa, Air France and Alitalia say they have already suspended all flights to Tel Aviv over safety concerns.

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