• Middle East crisis hits home for Charlotte couple

    By: Jenna Deery


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - President Barack Obama on Tuesday refused to overrule a ban on flights between the United States and Israel's largest airport.

    Israel asked the United States to reverse its decision after the Federal Aviation Administration put a 24-hour ban on flights to Tel Aviv.
    Israeli police said a rocket from Gaza nearly hit the airport Tuesday.
    The growing violence hits home for one local couple.

    They told Eyewitness News reporter Jenna Deery they hope peace will come soon.
    Adi Avin and her husband Ilan Avin are standing by waiting for the chance to visit Israel.
    “It's a stressful time for us and for them,” Ilan Avin said.
    Adi Avin said, “The sad reality is, it is part of life and it’s become part of life. It was a part of life for me growing up.” 
    They live life in Charlotte but still carry the memory of decorating gas masks in school as children because of conflict between Israel and Hamas terrorists in Palestine.

    Still, she's watching for airline tickets to go back but their trip is on hold.
    Last week, Israel invaded Gaza attacking Hamas and the fighting hasn't stopped.
    Every day for the Avins means following what happens with Israel in Gaza and hoping the country they now call home will stand with them.
    “I think if America can stand with Israel, its ally in democracy that will help bring peace sooner to the area,” Ilan Avin said.

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