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Israel-Hamas war: MEA sets up control room to provide information, and assistance to Indians in Israel

The Indian Ambassador to Israel, Sanjeev Singla, assured desperate Indians of their safety in the war-torn country but urged them to follow guidelines issued by the local authorities and contact the emergency numbers of the Indian Embassy in case of trouble.

Reported By : Vijai Laxmi Written By : Ajeet Kumar
Jerusalem
Updated on: October 11, 2023 18:52 IST
Indian Embassy in Israel.
Image Source : TWITTER/ INDIA IN ISRAEL @INDEMTEL Indian Embassy in Israel.

The Indian Embassy in Israel issued an advisory on Wednesday, wherein it urged Indian nationals living in the war-torn nation "to register themselves with the Embassy of India, Tel Aviv and Israel". In a video message, the Indian Ambassador to Israel, Sanjeev Singla, assured desperate people to stay calm and follow the guidelines issued by the local authorities and contact the emergency numbers of the embassy in case of trouble.

"Registration with the Embassy will facilitate any measures that need to be taken in a situation of emergency or if such a need arises. It will also facilitate information availability about various events through our emailing network," according to the statement released on Wednesday.

"The Embassy has been working constantly to help our fellow citizens in Israel through a 24-hour helpline. Please remain calm & vigilant & follow the security advisories," it added.

The contact details of the control room are:

1800118797 (Toll-free) 

+91-11 23012113 
+91-11-23014104 
+91-11-23017905 
+919968291988 
situationroom@mea.gov.in. 

The development came as Israel and neighbouring Palestine-backed Hamas militant organisation started a brutal war on October 7. This resulted in mass casualties on both sides. According to the official figures, more than 3600 people have been killed on both sides since the conflict escalated.

PM Modi spoke to Netanyahu

Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu where the latter briefed him about the ongoing war with Hamas militants. PM Modi, who shares good relations with Netanyahu, spoke for the first time after the conflict broke out on October 7, Saturday. During his conversation, PM Modi condemned the terror activities by Hamas and extended support to Israel in this difficult hour.

"I thank Prime Minister @netanyahu for his phone call and providing an update on the ongoing situation. People of India stand firmly with Israel in this difficult hour. India strongly and unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations," wrote PM Modi on X.

Also Read: India stands firmly with Israel in this difficult hour, PM Modi to Netanyahu

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