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Indian students expressed gratitude to embassy for ensuring their safe returns amid Israel-Gaza conflict Israel
A file photo of a group of Indians who returned from Israel to New Delhi as part of the Operation Ajay. Photo Courtesy: Arindam Bagchi X page

Indian students expressed gratitude to embassy for ensuring their safe returns amid Israel-Gaza conflict

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 12 Apr 2024, 05:53 pm

The Indian students in Israel have thanked and expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Indian embassy for ensuring their safe return to the country amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Rahul, a PhD student in organic chemistry in Israel, told ANI: "When it (the war) started, it was all so sudden... it was chaos and confusion that day. And then things became clear. The embassy reached out to us about the flight back home. They assured us of sending back all of us who wanted to go home."

Rahul said the Indian embassy swiftly organized the evacuation.

"So, eventually, they took us back in two, three days. Like all the people who wanted to go home, we signed up via email and then they took us home in three days. And, yeah, it was very clear and we knew what to do exactly," he added.

Another Indian student echoed similar sentiment and said: "After the attacks of October 7, we received an email from the embassy. We contacted the embassy and the government of India. The Indian embassy was very kind to reach back with help. They made all the necessary arrangements... everything went off smoothly. So we would like to thank the Indian government, as well as the government of Israel."

The Indian government on October 11 launched Operation Ajay to help willing stranded nationals in Israel return home.

As of December 2023, 1,309 Indian nationals, 14 OCI card holders, and 20 Nepalese returned to India from Israel on six flights arranged under 'Operation Ajay', ANI reported.

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