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In a first, Israel airport lets hot air balloons take a flight

Jul 26, 2020 12:34 IST

With its runway largely free amid the coronavirus pandemic, four hot air balloons were given a special permission to take off from Israel's main airport on Saturday morning. Israel's Airport Authority closed its airspace for the occasion, with preparations for take-off made before dawn. The re-imposition of many restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic has meant a reduced number of flights per day for the Ben Gurion airport. Israel has reported a total of more than 57,000 cases and at least 442 deaths.

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