News By R Rajgopal
Operation Ajay Israel evacuation: Operation Ajay, India’s mission to evacuate 18,000 nationals from Israel amid the conflict, commences. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar ensures citizens’ safety. No reported casualties among Indian residents in Israel.
This is not India’s first as the country has previously done successful operations like Operation Ganga to evacuate Indians from Ukraine and Operation Kaveri to bring back nationals from Sudan during times of civil unrest.
New Delhi, 12 Oct (City Times) (Operation Ajay Israel evacuation): India has launched Operation Ajay to bring back its nationals from Israel following the war situation instigated by the Hamas with the first batch expected to come home on a special flight on Thursday.
Operation aims to assist 18,000 Indians in Israel, including students
The operation aims to assist over 18000 Indians in Israel, including students, car drivers, diamond traders and IT professionals. This is not India’s first as the country has previously done successful operations like Operation Ganga to evacuate Indians from Ukraine and Operation Kaveri to bring back nationals from Sudan during times of civil unrest. Necessitated because of the war situation in Israel External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said the launch of Operation Ajay was necessitated because of the situation in Israel and Palestine. A 24-hour control room was set up to monitor the situation.(Operation Ajay Israel evacuation)
Fully committed to the safety and well-being of Indians
“Launching Operation Ajay to facilitate the return from Israel of our citizens with the help of special charter flights. Fully committed to the safety and well-being of our nationals abroad,” Jaishankar tweeted. The Indian embassy in Israel said it had contacted by email the first batch of registered Indian citizens for a special flight on Thursday.(Operation Ajay Israel evacuation)
Operation not technically an evacuation: Jaishankar
The operation is not technically an evacuation as travel arrangements are being made only for Indian nationals who wish to return home. The move comes at a time when countries like Hungary, Poland, Italy and Mexico, have operated special flights to evacuate their citizens from Israel.
No reports of casualties among 18000 Indian nationals
There have been no reports of casualties among the 18,000 Indian nationals living in Israel. Concerns about the security have grown after citizens of neighbouring countries such as Nepal and Sri Lanka lost their lives in the violence. Ten Nepalese citizens were killed in Kibbutz Alumim, one of the locations attacked by Hamas fighters. (India Israel evacuation)
Indian embassy officials meet students at Tel Aviv university
On Wednesday, officials from the Indian embassy met students at Tel Aviv University to allay their concerns and to assure them of help. The External Affairs Ministry said the 24-hour control room in New Delhi will monitor the situation in Israel and Palestine and provide information and assistance.(Operation Ajay Israel evacuation)
Advisory issued urging Indian citizens to avoid movement
India’s representative office in Ramallah too has set up a 24-hour emergency helpline.and soon after the violence erupted, the Indian embassy in Tel Aviv issued an advisory urging Indian citizens to avoid movement and stay close to safety shelters.
Israel has launched a massive military operation to retaliate against the attacks by Hamas that killed almost 1,200 Israelis and injured 2,400.