Amid a raging war between Israel and Hamas, India has launched Operation Ajay to repatriate citizens from the war zone.
The first flight with about 230 Indians will arrive on Friday morning. There are nearly 18,000 Indians, including students, and caregivers, in Israel.
“As announced by EAM yesterday, Operation Ajay has been launched to facilitate the return from Israel of our citizens who wish to come back. The first charter flight will be reaching Tel Aviv later tonight to pick up the Indian citizens and is likely to return to India tomorrow morning,” the external affairs ministry spokesperson said while addressing a media briefing here on Thursday.
“We are keeping a close watch on the situation in Israel,” Bagchi said. The MEA spokesperson also said that there were no Indian casualties so far. “We haven’t heard of any casualty so far,” he said. “Around 18,000 Indians are in Israel. There is conflict going on and it is a matter of concern. Indians advised to follow advisories issued by our mission,” Bagchi said.
“Operation Ajay” was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring back around 18,000 Indians in Israel who want to return to amidst the war between Hamas and Israel. Registration of Indians began on Thursday.