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US airlines lifted a flight ban to Israel Thursday as Washington's top diplomat cited progress in ending 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza which has killed more than 730 Palestinians. The ban was lifted just hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah and returned to Cairo to continue pushing regional efforts to ink a ceasefire. It was renewed late on Wednesday, prompting Hamas to hail the suspension of Tel Aviv flights as a "great victory for the resistance." "The FAA has lifted its restrictions on US airline flights into and out of Israel's Ben Gurion Airport," it said, while warning the situation was still "very fluid." There was no immediate word on whether European airlines would follow suit.