New Delhi: With an aim to facilitate the return of Indians from Israel, the Narendra Modi government has launched Operation Ajay after the conflict between Israel and Palestine entered into fifth days.
Announcing the decision, India’s foreign minister S Jaishankar posted on X, formerly Twitter: “Launching Operation Ajay 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.”
Launching #OperationAjay to facilitate the return from Israel of our citizens who wish to return.— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) October 11, 2023
Special charter flights and other arrangements being put in place.
Fully committed to the safety and well-being of our nationals abroad.
It should be mentioned here that this will be the second evacuation this year, after Operation Kaveri that brought back thousands of Indian citizens from conflict-hit Sudan in April-May.
The Indian Embassy in Tel Aviv stated that it has emailed the first lot of registered Indian citizens for the special flight that is expected to take off for India on Thursday.
“Messages to other registered people will follow for subsequent flights,” the embassy said in a post on X.
Control room set up
The Ministry of External Affairs has established a 24-hour control room, which will operate simultaneously from New Delhi, Tel Aviv and Ramallah in the Palestinian territory.
As of now, about 900 Indian students are enrolled in various Israeli universities and institutions.
Besides, a large number of traders, IT professionals and domestic workers and caregivers work in Israel.
A significant part of Israeli population consists of Indian-origin Jews who trace their background to Kochi, Kolkata and Mumbai.