Flight Ban Delays U.S. Father's Visit to Wounded Son

Golani sharpshooter from Baltimore hospitalized due to rockets fired while inspecting suspected Hamas weapons cache in Gaza.

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Passengers wait at Ben-Gurion Airport as flights are delayed July 23, 2014.
Passengers wait at Ben-Gurion Airport as flights are delayed July 23, 2014.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
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Haaretz

The father of an Israeli soldier from Baltimore who was wounded in Gaza over the weekend was one of hundreds of passengers delayed from reaching Israel after U.S. airlines were ordered Tuesday not to fly to or from Israel for at least 24 hours, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Authority has temporarily prohibited U.S. airlines from using Ben-Gurion International Airport after a rocket fired from Gaza hit a house in Yehud, 1.5 kilometers from the airport.

Jeffrey Low was traveling with his son Joshua on a Delta flight from New York to Ben-Gurion when the flight was diverted to Paris on Tuesday, the Sun reported. It said they were headed to see Joshua's brother, 19-year-old Jordan Low, who is in intensive care at Beilinson Hospital in Tel Aviv, where he is recovering from smoke inhalation suffered in a rocket attack Sunday during a military operation in northern Gaza.

Not long after, Jeffrey Low was preparing to board a flight on Israeli airline El Al, the report said.

Jordan Low is a Golani sharpshooter who was one of 15 soldiers investigating a suspected Hamas weapons cache in northern Gaza when two rockets struck the building, his father said.

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