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Major airlines temporarily halt flights from Houston to Israel amid conflict

United Airlines, JetBlue, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines halted flights from Houston to Tel Aviv.

Major airlines in Houston have temporarily suspended flights to Israel after surprise militant attacks over the weekend stunned Israel, leaving more than 700 dead.

Those cancellations come days after Hamas, a Gazan militant organization, conducted unprecedented attacks on Israel. In response, Israel began conducting air strike attacks on Gaza Sunday, and thousands are reported injured amid the conflict.

United Airlines, JetBlue, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines halted flights from Houston to Tel Aviv. Delta Airlines said in a statement flights have been canceled into the week.

Turkish Airlines and British Airways are still conducting flights today from George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Tel Aviv with minimal stops. Flights are still available throughout the week with minimal seating available.

The U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs issued a travel advisory Oct. 3 urging Americans not to travel to Gaza because of terrorism, civil unrest and armed conflict. The department warns travelers they are in for an indefinite stay as the crossings between Gaza with Israel and Egypt can close for long and indefinite periods of time.

“Terrorists and violent extremists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, marketing/shopping malls, and local government facilities,” according to the department. “Violence can occur in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza without warning.”

Flights to Israel from other major Texas airports have also been temporarily suspended by United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

The Israeli military said it has struck 1,000 targets in the Gaza Strip and at least 493 people have been killed, including 91 children and 61 women, according to Palestinian health officials. The Palestinian Health Ministry said 15 Palestinians have been killed since Saturday including two minors, and 80 wounded across six different locations in West Bank and Jerusalem, NPR reported.

Saturday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the city would increase security around Houston synagogues and other venues throughout the city.

“We are saddened by and condemn the attack on the State of Israel and its people,” he said in a social media post on Saturday.