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Tel Aviv Flights Temporarily Suspended After Syrian Passenger Plane Enters Israeli Airspace

Abulhawa was detained at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport, seen here on March 22, 2018
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The Times of Israel reports: Flights at Israel’s main international airport were suspended for about 20 minutes due to air force activity Thursday.

Planes at Ben Gurion International Airport were grounded and landings called off from 6:45 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. while air force jets were scrambled to investigate an unidentified object approaching Israeli airspace in what turned out to be a false alarm, according to the Hadashot TV news outlet.

Channel 10 news later reported that a Syrian passenger plane had accidentally deviated from its course and flown towards the Israeli coast, prompting the scramble. The Israeli military only confirmed that it had requested that the airport temporarily suspend takeoffs and landings.

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