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Ben Gurion International Airport

Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport was closed to arrivals and departures for a brief time early Saturday morning due to the situation in the north.

The airport is considered a prime military target. Routine operations and regular air traffic resumed later in the day.


The IDF shot down an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, or drone) that infiltrated northern Israel in the early morning hours in what Israel called a “severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty.”

Israeli fighter pilots launched a massive air strike against a dozen or more Iranian military targets in Syria shortly after eliminating the drone.

Syrian anti-aircraft missiles targeted the Israeli Air Force aircraft, and succeeded in downing one F-16 over Israeli territory. Two Israeli pilots were forced to eject from their aircraft; one was seriously wounded, and the other sustained moderate injuries.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.