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Gaza rocket lands near Israel's main airport; airlines cancel flights

TEL AVIV (AP) - Israeli officials are urging foreign airlines to reverse their decision to cancel flights into Israel's main airport.

All U.S. airlines and some in Europe and Canada suspended those flights after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near the airport today, wounding one Israeli.

The country's Transportation Ministry insists that the airport is safe and completely guarded. And it says there's no reason to reward Palestinian militants by stopping the flights.

The Federal Aviation Administration has told U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to Tel Aviv for 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Israeli airstrikes continue to pound a wide range of locations in Gaza, even as diplomatic efforts intensify to end the fighting that has killed more than 600 Palestinians and 29 Israelis.

The U.N. office of humanitarian affairs estimates that at least 75 of the Palestinian deaths were civilians. Israel insists Hamas has put those civilians in danger by carrying out attacks from residential areas. Israel also announced today that one of its soldiers is missing after a weekend battle in Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the international community must hold Hamas accountable for rejecting multiple cease-fire offers and continuing its attacks against Israeli civilians.

He was responding to a call from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the two sides to address the root causes of the fighting and work toward bringing about a two-state solution.

Netanyahu says Hamas -- with a charter calling for the destruction of Israel -- doesn't want a two-state solution.


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