Passengers stranded in Tel Aviv airport, as flights are cancelled
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Tomer Appelbaum
Passengers wait at Ben-Gurion Airport as flights are delayed July 23, 2014. Photo by Tomer Appelbaum

Air carriers in the United States and Europe on Tuesday halted flights to Tel Aviv after warnings from governmental agencies in an effort to ensure passenger safety as turmoil in Israel and the region intensified.

U.S. carriers Delta Air Lines, American Airlines Group and United Airlines were the first to announce cancellations, followed by flight stoppages by European carriers, including Germany's Lufthansa and Air France.

Air Berlin, Germany's second-largest carrier, also said it halted its flights through Wednesday, citing the situation on the ground. Throughout the day, several airlines rerouted or turned back flights already headed to Israel's financial center.