Tata Group-owned Air India on Sunday announced that it has suspended flights to and from Israel's capital city Tel Aviv to ensure the safety of passengers and its crew members. Air India further said that it will help customers who have confirmed bookings on any flight during this time. The announcement comes at a time when the gunfight between the Israeli military and the Palestinian militant outfit Hamas is ongoing in many parts of southern Israel. The gunfight between the Israeli military and Hamas ensued 24 hours after the militants launched a surprise attack on Israel.
According to latest media reports, around 300 people have been killed by Hamas. Operation Iron Swords, the retaliatory operation started by the Israeli military has claimed 313 lives in Gaza, bringing the total death toll due to the conflict to 613.
"Air India flights to and from Tel Aviv, Israel will remain suspended till 14th October, for the safety of our passengers and crew. Air India will extend all possible support to passengers who have confirmed bookings on any flight during this period," an Air India spokesperson was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.