Operation Ajay, initiated by the Ministry of External Affairs, is in motion to safely bring back Indian citizens stranded in Israel amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
In a bid to prioritize the safety and well-being of its nationals abroad, India has organized a chartered flight from Tel Aviv to Delhi.
First Flight To Evacuate Indians From Israel Tonight
The first flight under Operation Ajay is scheduled to take off tonight from Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. Indian students studying in Israeli institutions, among others, who have registered with the Indian embassy, have been informed about this chartered flight.
Around 230 Indians are expected to board this flight, with news agency PTI reporting that they will not be required to pay any fare as the government is bearing the cost of their return.
In order to facilitate their safe return, Indian students have been instructed to fill up a Google form provided by the Indian embassy.
Upon completion of the form, a confirmation message will be sent to them. It is important to note that passengers will be allowed one checked-in luggage, weighing no more than 23 kg, and one cabin luggage.
India’s Commitment to the Safety of Nationals Abroad
The launch of Operation Ajay by External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar underscores India’s commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its citizens abroad.
Dr Jaishankar took to Twitter to announce the operation, emphasizing that special charter flights and other arrangements are being made to facilitate the return of Indian citizens from Israel.
This initiative demonstrates the Indian government’s sense of responsibility towards its people during times of crisis.
The Indian Embassy in Israel has taken proactive steps to assist those stranded amid the ongoing conflict. It has established round-the-clock helplines for people seeking guidance and support.
The embassy has urged individuals to remain calm and follow security advisories issued periodically.
The first batch of Indians has already been informed about the flight, while others who have registered will be contacted in due course.
Ensuring Safety and Welfare
Representatives from the Indian embassy have met with Indian students in Israel to address their concerns and provide reassurance. India’s Ambassador to Israel, Sanjeev Singla, stated that continuous efforts are being made to ensure the safety and welfare of Indian nationals in the region.
He urged everyone to remain calm, vigilant, and abide by the local security guidelines. The embassy is committed to providing the necessary support to its citizens during these challenging times.
The conflict between Israel and Hamas has resulted in a significant loss of lives, with an estimated death toll of around 4,000 people.
In response to the attacks, Air India temporarily suspended flights to and from Tel Aviv until October 14.