Tuesday, March 31, 2020

1,550 Israelis evacuated over a week from India amid lockdown

Bengaluru: Around 1,550 Israelis left stranded in India due to 21-day nationwide lockdown since March 24 midnight have flown back home over the week in seven flights, a diplomat said on Wednesday.

"We have flown about 1,550 Israelis home (Tel Aviv) in seven rescue flights from New Delhi, Mumbai and Goa (Panjim), Isareli consulate deputy consul-general Ariel Seidman told IANS here.

The Israelis, including tourists, flew in two Israeli airlines El Al and Arkia and state-run Air India.

In the last rescue flight from Dabolim airport in Panjim on Monday night, 105 Israelis, including 95 stuck in north India, and 10 from Karnataka, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu flew in the chartered plane to Tel Aviv.

"The last batch of 105 Israelis boarded an Arkia chartered plane on way to Tel Aviv from Bangkok with 65 Israelis who were also stranded in Thailand," recalled Seidman.

All the Israelis who flew from India paid for their airfare.

"The 10 Israelis drove to Panjim in cars on Monday after staying overnight in Bengaluru," said the diplomat.

Of the 10 from south India, a couple of them are in their mid-40s and one aged above 70.
12/03/20 IANS/Outlook
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