British Airways cancelled its flight to and from Tel Aviv on Thursday, the latest international carrier to avoid flying to Israel amid an escalating conflict there.
“The safety and security of our colleagues and customers is always our top priority, and we continue to monitor the situation closely,” British Airways said.
At the same time, Britain’s minister for the Middle East has called on Hamas, Israel and the Palestinians to step back from the brink of what he cast as a terrible escalation.
James Cleverly, a junior foreign minister who deals with the Middle East and North Africa also told the Islamist group to cease rocket attacks on the Jewish state.
“It is important for both sides to take a step back,” Cleverly told Sky News.
“We have seen however an unprecedented level of rocket attack into Israel,” he said.
“We want to see the rocket attacks stop.”