In response to escalating tensions in the region due to recent attacks by Hamas militants on Israeli towns, India has announced the launch of “Operation Ajay” to assist its citizens stranded in Israel. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, approximately 18,000 Indians currently reside in Israel.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar made the announcement on Wednesday, stating, “Launching #OperationAjay to facilitate the return from Israel of our citizens who wish to return.” Special charter flights and other arrangements are being organized to ensure the safe return of Indian nationals. The minister emphasized, “We are fully committed to the safety and well-being of our nationals abroad.”
The first batch of Indian citizens is expected to be brought back from Israel via a special flight on Thursday. The Indian embassy in Israel has already communicated with the initial group of registered Indian citizens scheduled for the special flight.
The embassy stated, “Messages to other registered individuals will follow for subsequent flights.”
ROUND-THE-CLOCK CONTROL ROOM
In response to the situation, a round-the-clock control room has been established in Delhi, along with separate emergency helplines in Tel Aviv and Ramallah. These facilities will monitor the evolving situation in the conflict-affected areas and offer information and assistance to Indian citizens.
The contact information for the control room in Delhi is as follows: Toll-free: 1800118797, Phone: 91-11 23012113, 91-11-23014104, 91-11-23017905, and 919968291988. The designated email address is email@example.com.
The Indian community in Israel comprises approximately 18,000 individuals, including students, IT professionals, diamond traders, and a significant number of caregivers. Consul General of Israel to Midwest India, Kobbi Shoshani, expressed the Israeli government’s commitment to assisting the Indian Embassy in Tel Aviv during “Operation Ajay.”
Additionally, as per the Ministry of External Affairs, there are currently 20 overseas Indians residing in Palestine. The Representative Office of India to the State of Palestine in Ramallah has provided a dedicated emergency helpline number for Indians in Palestine.