Israel to almost completely shut Ben Gurion Airport for week amid mutation fears

Ministers approve proposal barring incoming and outgoing flights, with minor exceptions, from Tuesday until the end of the month

An almost empty Ben Gurion International Airport on January 18, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Cabinet ministers on Sunday approved the near-complete shuttering of Ben Gurion Airport until the end of January, amid fears over fast-spreading or vaccine-resistant coronavirus variants entering the country.

The closure will start from midnight Monday-Tuesday and remain in effect until Sunday, January 31, when national lockdown measures are set to be eased.

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