Ukraine Evacuates 207 Citizens from Israel
The first evacuation flight with 207 Ukrainian citizens on board departed from Tel Aviv to Bucharest on Saturday evening, as reported by the spokesperson of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oleg Nikolenko, on Facebook.
"The first evacuation flight with 207 Ukrainian citizens, including 63 children, took off from Tel Aviv to Bucharest. The next flight is scheduled for October 15 to Cluj (Romania), and we plan to evacuate 155 Ukrainians," the Ukrainian MFA spokesperson wrote.
The Ukrainian Embassy in Israel stated that priority was given to children, women, elderly individuals, and those citizens who had been stranded at Ben Gurion Airport for several days due to the widespread cancellation of flights by carriers.
"The Embassy continues to explore all possible avenues for the evacuation of all Ukrainian citizens who wish to leave Israel. Therefore, we advise all citizens who have filled out the embassy's evacuation form to await further instructions from Ukrainian consuls," emphasized the Ukrainian Embassy in Israel.
Previously, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Israel, Yevgen Korniychuk, informed journalists that as of Saturday evening, there were over 200 Ukrainian citizens at the border of the Gaza Strip and Egypt, near the Rafah border crossing, including two individuals with severe injuries.
After receiving official information from the Israeli side, the Ukrainian Embassy in Israel confirmed the death of eleven Ukrainian citizens in Israel. Currently, nine citizens are considered missing.
Different countries are taking various measures to evacuate their citizens from Israel. It was revealed today that Germany evacuated 80 of its citizens using two military transport aircraft. One A400M transport plane with 51 passengers on board landed in Wunstorf, in Lower Saxony in northwestern Germany. Another plane with 29 passengers arrived later. The Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) stated that new evacuation flights are being prepared.
On Friday, the successful evacuation of Czech citizens from Israel was completed, utilizing six government aircraft. In total, 228 citizens of the Czech Republic returned home. Additionally, the Czech government granted Israel's request for the repatriation of Israeli citizens who wished to return to their country to defend it.