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‘OPERATION AJAY’ First batch of AP residents return from Israel safely

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PNS | Vijayawada

In a remarkable effort to ensure the safety and well-being of Indian citizens stranded in Israel, the Government of India initiated ‘Operation Ajay’ on October 12, 2023. The mission, orchestrated by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), is dedicated to repatriating Indian nationals to their homeland via specially arranged charter flights. Friday marked a significant milestone in this operation as ten individuals from Andhra Pradesh successfully arrived in Delhi, India.

S. Jaishankar, India’s Minister of External Affairs, took to social media to inform the public about the mission. He noted that an estimated 18,000 Indian citizens currently reside in Israel, and the Government of India is committed to ensuring their safe return. To facilitate this, the Indian Embassy in Israel has issued a directive urging all stranded Indian citizens to register for repatriation. Registration can be done by contacting the dedicated helpdesk number at +972 35226748 or through the online registration portal: EvacuAid Registration.
The Andhra Pradesh Non-Resident Telugu Society (APNRTS), an entity of the Andhra Pradesh government, has been actively disseminating emergency helpline numbers and registration links through various communication channels, including news outlets and social media platforms. APNRTS has also shared a list of stranded citizens from Andhra Pradesh with the Ministry of External Affairs, coordinating efforts to ensure their safe return.

A total of ten residents from Andhra Pradesh reached Delhi, marking the beginning of a series of repatriations that will unfold in the coming days. Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, has issued directives to the AP Resident Bhavan Commissioner in Delhi, instructing them to provide assistance to students and other migrants who require financial support to facilitate their return to Andhra Pradesh.

Indian citizens in Israel are strongly advised to contact the Embassy’s helpdesk for immediate assistance in case of emergencies. Furthermore, non-resident Telugus from Andhra Pradesh are encouraged to reach out to the APNRTS 24/7 helpline numbers at +91 85000 27678 (work) and 0863-2340678 for assistance. Family members of non-resident Telugus are also urged to utilise these helpline numbers to seek help if their loved ones are in Israel and require any form of assistance. This proactive and united effort aims to ensure the safe return of all Indian citizens affected by the ongoing conflict in Israel.

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