British Airways , Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa and Iberia all cancelled flights to Tel Aviv as European carriers joined US airlines in avoiding flying to Israel, which has activated a back-up airport in the far south as a precaution against rockets from Gaza.
Palestinian militants have repeatedly shelled the Tel Aviv area during hostilities that erupted on Monday, raising safety concerns over Ben Gurion Airport, Israel's main airport, and prompting a reroute for flights to Ramon Airport, 200 kilometers to the south.
Hamas militants in Gaza said they had launched a rocket at Ramon Airport yesterday, but the Israel Airports Authority said that no rocket had struck it.
Meanwhile, an Israeli air raid levelled the 14-story Al-Shorouk tower in Gaza City. The tower, which housed a television channel, is the third tall structure levelled by Israeli fire.