Pilots' union raps Lufthansa move to resume Israel route
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 01:48
Germany's pilots' union criticises Lufthansa's decision to resume flights to Israel, calling it ''alarming from a flight safety point of view''. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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An Israeli woman is evacuated by ambulance Sunday. Witnesses say she was wounded by a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip.
It reportedly happened after Hamas Islamist militants said they had agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce.
It's images like these and the stop-start nature of the ceasefire that prompted German pilots to criticize their airlines' decision to resume flights to Israel.
(SOUNDBITE) (German) SPOKESMAN FOR GERMAN PILOTS' UNION "COCKPIT," MARKUS WAHL, SAYING:
"From a flight safety point of view I find it absolutely alarming to resume flights to Israel. To us, the threat level in Tel Aviv has not changed at all. As long as rockets are flying there, the situation won't change."
A spokesman for Lufthansa said the airline was making decisions based purely on security considerations.
But some passengers at Frankfurt airport aren't convinced.
(SOUNDBITE) (German) TRAVELER, JOERG BOVERMANN, SAYING:
"I believe that passengers' safety should take priority, not commercial goals to reach margins. So I am of the opinion that Lufthansa and other airlines should continue to not fly to Tel Aviv."
Israel says its Iron Dome missile defense system has been successful in protecting Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.
Video from an Israeli TV station purports to show ground forces uncovering explosives in a Gaza house Friday.
Israel launched its Gaza offensive on July 8 to halt rocket attacks by Hamas and its allies.
Over a thousand people have been killed, mostly Palestinian civilians.
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