Vikash Sharma

Nine students from Odisha were among the 212 Indian Nationals who landed in Delhi in the first flight from the war-hit Israel. All of them were brought back to India safely under the ‘Operation Ajay’ as part of the special measures by the Government of India to facilitate the return of the Indian nationals.

The nine Odia students are currently at the Odisha Bhawan in Delhi and necessary arrangements are being made to facilitate their return to their respective places.

Resident Commissioner said, “When the crisis situation cropped up, we received information that some Odia students and others were stuck in Israel. We were in touch with the Indians who wanted to return. Today, nine students from Odisha have returned in the first flight. We are making requisite measures so that they return to their respective areas.”

The Resident Commissioner further informed that it is expected that around 50 persons of Odisha are stranded in Israel and they are reportedly to be safe.

Students Narrate Ordeal

One of the student, who reached Delhi in the first flight said, “India Embassy had submitted a form and we informed that we wanted to return to India. As per the instructions, we were asked to reach the airport and complete other formalities. Nine from Odisha have reached Delhi today.”

The student, who was staying in Israel for the last one and half years, said that they could not understand what happened after siren blew on the first day of the attack in Israel. Later, they hid inside bunkers.

“As Israel has a strong air defence system, we are relaxed a bit. But the real threat was infiltrators. It was very tensed situation. Nearly 18,000 Indians are there in Israel. We saw rockets being fired and sirens going up. But the overall situation where we were staying were good. It was really panic situation, but we are happy that we have reached back home,” said another student.

The Indian Government has taken steps to rescue all the Indian’s who are trapped there, the students said.

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