Delta has canceled all flights to Israel indefinitely with reports of a rocket near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport, according to the Associated Press.
The news comes amid escalating violence in the region.
Here's Delta's statement regarding the cancellations:
Delta has suspended service until further notice to and from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and its New York-JFK hub. Delta, in coordination with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, is doing so to ensure the safety and security of our customers and employees.
Delta flight 468, a Boeing 747 from JFK with 273 passengers and 17 crew, diverted to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Tuesday after reports of a rocket or associated debris near the airport in Tel Aviv. Delta is working to reaccommodate these customers.
Delta continues to work closely with U.S. and other government resources to monitor the situation. A customer waiver for travel to Tel Aviv is in effect and published on delta.com.
UPDATE 12:45 P.M. ET 7/22/2014: The FAA has prohibited all U.S. airlines from flying to or from Ben Gurion International Airport for up to 24 hours.
Read the FAA’s statement here.
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