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  • Charter flight sent to Tel Aviv bring back Indian citizens under Operation Ajay

    Published on October 13, 2023

    New Delhi: External Affairs Ministry  has confirmed that  charter flight has been dispatched to Israel’s Tel Aviv to bring back Indian citizens under Operation Ajay.  According to Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi 230 passengers are expected to be onboard the flight which will reach India  today. He said India is keeping a close watch on the situation in Israel which is evolving and dynamic. Mr Bagchi requested all Indians in Israel to register with the Embassy there. The spokesperson said there are 18 thousand Indian citizens in Israel, including students and caregivers. He also said that the role of the Indian Air Force in assisting in bringing back Indians cannot be ruled out.

    Responding to a question on Palestine, Mr Bagchi said, India’s policy in this regard has been long-standing and consistent. He said India has always advocated the resumption of direct negotiations towards establishing a sovereign, independent and viable State of Palestine living within secure and recognized borders, side by side at peace with Israel.

    The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson also stressed that there is a universal obligation to observe international humanitarian law and there is also a global responsibility to fight the menace of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

    On the issue of a Kerala woman reportedly injured in Hamas attack in Israel, Mr Bagchi said the person is in hospital and improving. He said they have not heard of any casualty so far.

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