Following the spate of rocket attacks by Hamas, leading Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to declare that Israel was at war, the Indian embassy in Israel also issued an advisory for Indian nationals asking them to remain vigilant, avoid unnecessary movement and to stay close to safety shelters.Modi wrote on X: “Deeply shocked by the news of terrorist attacks in Israel. Our thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with Israel at this difficult hour.”
Earlier in the day, Israel ambassador to India Naor Gilon in a statement appreciated the support of the people of India “as we stand firm in the face of terrorism”.
“These attacks which were launched early this morning by Hamas on our civilians, sleeping peacefully in their beds, in cities and villages of the south and central Israel are war crimes,” he said.
“The cowardly actions of Hamas, targeting and killing women, children and elderly, injuring hundreds of civilians and firing indiscriminately over 2,000 missiles and rockets at our cities, came during the sacred Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah. Israel will repell this combined assault of rocket fire and ground infiltration of Hamas terrorists and will take any and all actions to protect our citizens,” he added.
“Thank you@PMOIndia. India’s moral support is much appreciated. Israel will prevail,” Israel envoy posted on X.
After the surprise attack by Hamas militants from Gaza at daybreak on Saturday, Netanyahu declared “war” and said his country would extract an “unprecedented price” from its enemy.
The Indian Embassy in Israel, in its advisory issued on Saturday, said: “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. For additional information, please see the Israeli Home Front Command website (https://www.oref.org.il/en or their preparedness brochure. In case of an emergency, please contact us at +97235226748, or leave a message a email@example.com. The Embassy personnel remain at your disposal for any further guidance.”
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