Israel: On Saturday, as a full-scale conflict erupted between the ruling Hamas militant group in the Gaza Strip and Israel, resulting in the loss of lives on both sides, the Indian embassy in Tel Aviv and the Representative Office of India in Palestine issued advisories urging Indian nationals in these nations to “remain vigilant” and “directly contact the Office” in case of emergency situations.
Israel – Palestine conflict
Hamas militants infiltrated southern Israel through various means, including land, sea, and air, including the use of paragliders, as reported by the Israeli military. During this operation, they launched over 2,000 rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Hamas also claimed to have captured several Israeli soldiers along the border.
The unexpected assault has resulted in the deaths of 200 individuals and left over 1,100 injured in Israel. On the Gaza Strip side, Israel’s counterattack has led to 198 fatalities and approximately 1,500 wounded, according to media reports.
Indian Embassies issues advisory
The advisory read, “In view of the current situation in Israel, all Indian nationals in Israel are requested to remain vigilant and observe safety protocols as advised by local authorities. Please exercise caution, avoid unnecessary movement, and stay close to safety shelters.”
The advisory included essential emergency contact numbers and shared URLs for Israeli Home Front Command and Preparedness brochures. It was released in multiple languages, including English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada.
As per information available on the Indian Embassy’s website, there are roughly 18,000 Indian citizens in Israel, with a significant portion serving as caregivers for Israeli elders, while others are engaged in diamond trading, IT professions, and academics. Additionally, there are approximately 85,000 Jews of Indian origin in Israel who were part of the significant waves of immigration from India to Israel during the 1950s and 1960s.
In Ramallah, the Representative Office of India in Palestine issued a public notice late on Saturday night via X. It read, “In light of the prevailing security situation, Indian nationals in Palestine can directly contact the Representative Office of India to address any case of emergency or needed assistance on the 24-hours Emergency Helpline.”