She says the US personnel departed from Tel Aviv under emergency circumstances given the closure of commercial air travel and the worsening security situation as fighting intensifies between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. "The group left on a C-17 Thursday returning to Germany. With violence and lack of commercial air, the decision was made leave early via military transport," the CNN corresponded reported.
In the past few years especially, limited numbers of US troops have routinely engaged in war drills and missile readiness exercises on Israeli soil. Reuters and The Jerusalem Post have confirmed the rerouting of all inbound flights after rockets fired out of Gaza landed in the area of Ben Gurion international airport.
"Ben-Gurion Airport began rerouting all inbound flights to Ramon International Airport in southern Israel on Thursday morning, as terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip continued to launch rockets into Israeli territory," they reported. "Departing flights will still take off from Ben-Gurion Airport."