British Airways cancels flight to Tel Aviv as Israel prepares for ground invasion of Palestine, UN calls for meet

Barrage of rockets launched at Israel from Lebanon opening up a new front

British Airways cancelled a flight to and from Tel Aviv later on Thursday due to continuing Israeli aggression on Palestine which has been responded by rockets.

The airline said the safety and security of its customers was a priority and that it would continue to monitor the situation.

BA is the latest international carrier to cancel flights to Israel after major US airlines did so on Wednesday.

The fiercest hostilities in years continued on Thursday, with Israel preparing ground troops along the Gaza border.

Israel said it was massing troops along the Gaza frontier and calling up 9,000 reservists ahead of a possible ground invasion of the Hamas-ruled territory.

Egyptian mediators rushed to Israel for cease-fire efforts but showed no signs of progress.

The stepped-up fighting came as communal violence in Israel erupted for a fourth night, with Jewish mobs burning Arab properties in the town of Lod.

A late-night barrage of rocket fire from Lebanon that landed in the sea threatened to open a new front along Israel’s northern border.

The UN Security Council will meet this weekend to discuss the situation, the US announced Thursday.

In announcing the Sunday meeting, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US’s UN envoy, said the Biden administration “will continue to actively engage in diplomacy at the highest levels to try to de-escalate tensions.”

Her Twitter post did not specify whether the meeting would be held in an open or closed format, nor did the US mission immediately have a statement with additional details.

Anadolu Agency quoted Diplomats saying that the US blocked a public virtual meeting of the UN Security Council to address the escalating conflict. The nixed Friday meeting was requested by China, Norway and Tunisia.


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