Air India canceled its scheduled flight from Delhi to Tel Aviv and return flight on October 7 after Hamas terrorists attacked Israel on Saturday morning.
Air India said in a statement that these flights were canceled in the interest and safety of passengers and crew. The statement said, “We will provide all kinds of support requested by the passengers.
“Flight AI 139 was planned to depart from New Delhi at 3.35 pm and arrive in Tel Aviv at 07.05 pm. Return flight AI140 will depart Tel Aviv at 10.10 pm and arrive in New Delhi at 7 am on Sunday. Air India flies to Tel Aviv five times a week.
As terrorists entered the Gaza Strip by air, land, and sea, the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas launched an attack against Israel on Saturday, killing at least 40 people and wounding hundreds more.
In retaliation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared war on Hamas and said Hamas would pay the price.
India’s reaction to the war in Israel
In his message to Israel, PM Modi said India stands with Israel. Israel’s embassy in India thanked India and PM Modi for unequivocal support.
The US condemned the attack, while UK PM Rishi Sunak said Israel has an absolute right to defend itself. “We unequivocally condemn the appalling attacks by Hamas terrorists against Israel.
We stand in solidarity with the government and people of Israel and extend our condolences for the Israeli lives lost in these attacks,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted.
“Horrifying news reaches us today from Israel. The rocket fire from Gaza and the escalating violence shock us deeply. Germany condemns these Hamas attacks and stands by Israel,” Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz said.
India’s external affairs ministry has alerted Indians in Israel, asking them to remain vigilant.
“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 read.