Wizz Air has cancelled flights to Israel from Gatwick due to the ongoing conflict in the country.

Fierce fighting has seen at least 700 people killed in Israel, with another 400 killed in Gaza after Palestinian militant groups launched an unprecedented attack on Saturday.

Thousands of missiles were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel and dozens of Israeli citizens have been kidnapped.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has advised against all but essential travel to Israel as the conflict continues.

Wizz Air has cancelled its services between Gatwick Airport and Tel Aviv due to the crisis.

Several missiles have been directed at the seafront resort over the last few days.

A Wizz Air flight to Tel Aviv had been due to leave from Gatwick at 2.05pm today.

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A spokesman for the airline said: “Due to the situation in Israel, we have cancelled flights to and from Tel Aviv until further notice.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and are in touch with the relevant authorities.

“The safety and security of our passengers and crew is our number one priority and all affected passengers will be contacted via email or text.”

The Association of British Travel Agents urged holidaymakers affected by the conflict to discuss their options with their tour operator.

A spokesman said: “If you’re travelling on a package and your holiday has been cancelled due to the advice change, you can either your date of travel, travel to an alternative destination or receive a full refund.

“If you’re travelling independent you will need to discuss your options with your airline and accommodation providers.”