URGENT ¥¥¥ Obama leaves Israel after first presidential visit: AFP

US President Barack Obama left Israel for Jordan on Friday, taking off from Ben Gurion airport aboard Air Force One after a three-day trip to the Holy Land, his first since taking over the White House more than four years ago.

The presidential aircraft took off at 1420 GMT, nearly an hour past schedule, after an unexpected sandstorm engulfed Jerusalem during the morning, delaying a planned visit to the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem.