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Volcanic ash cloud nears Israel

JTA

May 10, 2010 | 11:16 am

A volcanic ash cloud that has closed airports throughout Europe is set to reach Israel.

The Israeli Transportation Ministry has begun emergency preparations for the volcanic ash cloud, which is expected to hit Israel on Monday night, according to reports.

The ministry may cancel airline flights due to the situation, Ynet reported.

Thousands of flights throughout Europe were canceled last month as a result of the cloud, formed after the eruption of the Mount Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland. Some airports also were forced to close this week. 

It is feared that volcanic ash can damage an airplane’s engines.

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