Israel thanked the Indian government for evacuating over 500 Israeli citizens from India on two trips, one each on Thursday and Friday. Air India’s special flight was scheduled to fly 317 Israelis back home on Thursday, followed by another 200 on Friday, said Ambassador Ron Malka.
“Today we are evacuating 317 Israelis. Another 200 will be evacuated tomorrow in the second flight. The Indian government has helped us a lot, I want to thank them; Israel has taken drastic measures to fight the coronavirus, the situation is under control there,” the news agency quoted him as saying. ANI.
The plane carrying Israelis was scheduled to depart from New Delhi’s IGI airport for Tel Aviv, however, it will not carry passengers on the return flight, another news agency reported.
The evacuation of Israelis is approaching similar missions to fly over a thousand foreign nationals, including Japanese and Germans on five special flights from Delhi.
Over 150 Japanese nationals flew a special flight flying from Tokyo, while four other flights flew 500 people to Germany, 120 to Ukraine and 240 to two Baltic states.
Officials said two more special flights to Frankfurt (Germany) and Austria are planned to evacuate 750 people on Thursday from the Delhi airport.
The United States and France are also in talks with the Indian government about evacuating their nationals from the country. Over 2000 French nationals currently reside in India. The exact number of stranded Americans could not be determined, but they are believed to be in the hundreds.
The US on Wednesday said it has been in contact with the Indian government to find accommodation for U.S. citizens stranded in the country over the closure of the Covid-19 aircraft by the time it can arrange flights for their evacuation. She also advised them to abide by the norms of incarceration during their stay in the country and noted that she hoped to be able to arrange a safe passage for them with the Indian government once flight arrangements had been reached.
The government of India imposed a 21-day shutdown on Tuesday from midnight to prevent the spread of coronaviruses, severely limiting people’s moments and transportation.