December 11, 2023

By Eve Brennan | CNN

A British Airways flight from London to Tel Aviv made an abrupt U-turn shortly earlier than it was due land within the Israeli metropolis on Wednesday because the airline canceled all flights to the vacation spot amid security issues.

Flight BA165 from London’s Heathrow Airport was on the strategy to Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Worldwide Airport when it was recalled to its unique vacation spot, in accordance with the FlightRadar24 airplane monitoring web site.

British Airways confirmed to CNN that the flight was rotated shortly earlier than it was resulting from land within the northern Israeli metropolis, which has come beneath rocket hearth as intense preventing rages between Israel forces and Hamas.

The airline mentioned it had halted providers to and from Tel Aviv as of late Wednesday.

“Security is all the time our highest precedence and following the most recent evaluation of the state of affairs, we’re suspending our flights to and from Tel Aviv,” it mentioned in an announcement to CNN.