Turkish Airlines cancels flights to Tel Aviv amid escalation tension

Turkish Airlines canceled its flights to Tel Aviv on May 14 amid an escalation tension in Israel. The airlines will also drop Tel Aviv flights on May 15-16, with a decision on further services based on the evolution of the situation, Doğan news agency reported.

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Turkish Airlines on May 14 canceled its flights to Tel Aviv amid the airstrikes targeting the Gaza Strip and retaliatory rockets launched by the Palestinian groups.

The cancellations will also occur on May 15 and 16, Doğan news agency reported.

A similar decision has been taken by several other international airline companies.

Israel fired artillery and mounted extensive airstrikes on May 14 against a network of Palestinian tunnels under Gaza.

Gaza's ruling Hamas group launched the rocket attacks at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in retaliation for Israeli police clashes with Palestinians near Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

At least 119 people have been killed in Gaza, including 31 children and 19 women, and 830 others wounded, Palestinian medical officials said.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said there were reports of more than 200 housing units destroyed or severely damaged and hundreds of people seeking shelter in schools in northern Gaza.