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FAA extends flight ban to Israel another 24 hours

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The FAA is extending its ban of U.S. flights from flying in and out of Tel Aviv. (Source: CNN) The FAA is extending its ban of U.S. flights from flying in and out of Tel Aviv. (Source: CNN)
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(CNN) - The Federal Aviation Administration extended a ban on U.S. flights in and out of Tel Aviv, Israel for an additional 24 hours. The ban now will last through 12:15 p.m. ET Thursday.

On Tuesday, the FAA enacted the flight suspension to Ben Gurion International Airport after a Hamas rocket landed within a mile of the Tel Aviv airport, demolishing a home.

The extension comes as Secretary of State John Kerry is in Jerusalem Wednesday trying to broker a peace agreement between Israel and Hamas.

Some passengers taking off from Tel Aviv to New York on Tuesday were seen rushing out of the airport after sirens sounded warning of a possible rocket attack.

"We had to run off the plane to shelter in the middle of the airport," said one traveler.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg boarded an El Al flight to Tel Aviv from John F. Kennedy Airport last night as a show of confidence in Israel and suggested the FAA ban should be lifted.

El Al is not one of the affected airlines.

"I'm just trying to show that it's safe and it's a great place to visit and Israel has a right to defend its people," Bloomberg said.

However, the administration says they're not going to overrule the FAA.

"Frankly the situation that we saw in Ukraine only underscores the need to take extra precautions when it comes to the safety of civilians airliners," Ben Rhodes said, the deputy National Security Adviser.

Meanwhile, the bloodshed continues in Gaza.

The Palestinian death toll rose to more than 640 and two more Israeli soldiers were killed there overnight, bringing Israel's death toll to at least 29 soldiers and two civilians.

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