Operation Ajay: The first charter flight carrying 212 Indians wishing to leave the country amid Israel’s war with Palestinian terrorist group Hamas took off from Ben Gurion Airport on Thursday and reached New Delhi on Friday morning. When the first flight carrying 212 Indian citizens from Israel landed at the Delhi airport, Union Minister Rajiv Chandrashekhar welcomed the returnees at the airport. Union Minister Rajiv Chandrashekhar said that our government will never leave any Indian behind. Our government and the Prime Minister are committed to their safety and to bringing them back home safely. We are grateful to External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, the team of the Ministry of External Affairs, and the crew of this Air India flight who made this possible, brought our children back home safe and healthy and back to their loved ones. People who returned to India from Israel shared information about the situation there.
I feel very scared when the siren sounds
Swati Patel, a woman who came to India from Israel under Operation Ajay, said that it feels great to be here. There one feels very scared when the siren rings. One has to go to the shelter when the siren sounds. We are feeling safe here. Whenever the siren sounded, we had to go to the shelter within 1.5 minutes.
The situation there has been tense for the last 4-5 days.
Seema Balsara, who came to India from Israel, said that I was working as an airport manager in Tel Aviv on behalf of Air India, I was there for the last 10 months, we were thrown out from there. The situation there has remained tense for the last 4-5 days. We faced that situation and now we are here. My family lives in India, I was living there (Tel Aviv). An Indian citizen, who was brought from Israel to India under Operation Ajay, said that after the war started in Israel, we started getting calls from our family and friends from India, everyone was worried about us. I thank the Government of India and the Ministry of External Affairs of India for bringing this operation safely from Israel to India for us.
Manoj Kumar, who was brought to India from Israel under Operation Ajay, said that I was working there as a post-doctoral fellow, my wife and 4 year old daughter are also with me. I thank the Indian Embassy in Tel Aviv for their great cooperation… along with this I thank the Ministry of External Affairs of India for my safe return to India. The Israeli government is also working day and night.
We were sleeping when a siren sounded and…
A woman who came to India from Israel under Operation Ajay said that my son is only 5 months old, the place we were in was safe but due to the future situation and for the sake of our son, we decided to come to India. The first night we were sleeping when a siren sounded, we had been there for the last 2 years, we had never seen such a situation before. We went to the shelter, we stayed in the shelter for 2 hours. We are feeling much better now, I thank the Government of India and the Prime Minister.
The first charter flight took off from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport
Let us tell you that the first charter flight carrying 212 Indians who wanted to leave the country amid Israel’s war with the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, took off from Ben Gurion Airport on Thursday and landed in the country’s capital New Delhi this morning. Sources told PTI that the Indians left for India at 22:14 pm local time on a “first come, first served” basis.