U.S. bans flights to Israel after rocket nears airport

Hamas flaunts soldier’s ID, says he’s captive

Posted: July 23, 2014 at 3:43 a.m.

Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two-week war. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

JERUSALEM -- A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada. Israel declared that Ben-Gurion Airport was safe and said there was no reason to "hand terror a prize" by halting flights.

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