Thursday, October 12, 2023

Operation Ajay: First flight carrying 230 Indians from Israel set to take off

New Delhi: The first charter flight carrying stranded Indians from war-hit Israel back home will take off Thursday night (Oct 12) from the Ben Gurion airport, Indian news agency PTI reported. 

The 9 pm (IST) flight will carry 230 Indians living in Israel to India, who have been chosen on a "first come first served" basis.

It must be noted that the government will bear the cost of their return and no amount will be charged from the beneficiaries. The special flights have been arranged as Air India had earlier suspended all of its flights to the Jewish nation when the war broke out on October 7. 

The Indian embassy has already sent an email to those set to return home today. "Messages to other registered people will follow for subsequent flights," the Indian embassy said.

Earlier, Indian Minister of External Affairs (MEA) S Jaishankar announced the launch of ‘Operation Ajay’ to facilitate the return of stranded Indians from Israel back home.

"Launching #OperationAjay to facilitate the return from Israel of our citizens who wish to return. Special charter flights and other arrangements being put in place. Fully committed to the safety and well-being of our nationals abroad," Jaishankar posted on X on Wednesday.

The Indian Embassy in Israel has started round-the-clock helplines for people stranded amid the war. The embassy has asked people to stay calm and follow security advisories being issued from time to time.

12/10/2023 Vikrant Singh/Wion

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