Major airlines suspend Israel flights after attacks


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Several airlines suspended service to Israel this weekend after surprise attacks by Hamas and Israeli retaliation left hundreds dead.

United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines each scrubbed service to Tel Aviv. United Flight 954, which departed San Francisco Friday night for Israel, turned back near Greenland, according to flight-tracker FlightAware.

Lufthansa Group said all of its flights, including those on Swiss International Air Lines and Austrian Airlines, were suspended into Tel Aviv through Monday.

“We are continuously monitoring the security situation in Israel and are in close contact with the authorities,” Lufthansa said in a statement. Lufthansa’s top priority is the safety of its guests and crew. El Al, an Israeli airline, said that Sunday its flights were “operating as scheduled”. El Al and other carriers offer waivers to customers who want to cancel or delay their trip.