US airlines to resume flights to Israel on Friday night

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Two major US airlines plan to resume flights to Israel on Friday night following the cease-fire in the fighting that saw Hamas terrorists launch rockets at the international airport outside Tel Aviv.

Delta Air Lines said its flight to Ben-Gurion International Airport would leave New York City, while United Airlines said its flight would depart from nearby Newark, NJ, according to The Associated Press.

United also plans to resume flights from Chicago and San Francisco over the weekend.

Delta’s first return trip to New York is set for Sunday and the company will “closely monitor the security situation and will make adjustments to our flight schedules as necessary,” a spokeswoman said.

American Airlines said it planned to restart service between New York and Tel Aviv on Monday.

The truce that went into effect early Friday appeared to be holding after 11 days of conflict in which more than 250 people were killed, virtually all of them Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-300 landing in Amsterdam.
Delta said its first flight back to Ben-Gurion International Airport would leave from NYC.
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United Airlines announced it would be flying across the Hudson River from Newark.
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The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took effect on Friday.
The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took effect on Friday.
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The Gaza Health Ministry, which doesn’t differentiate between fighters and civilians, has said that 66 children were among the enclave’s 243 victims.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that more than 200 terrorists — including 25 senior commanders — were killed.

Both Israel and Hamas have vowed to resume fighting if the other side violates the cease-fire.

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