On Saturday, the second flight of Operation Ajay, initiated by the government of India, brought back 235 Indian nationals who had been stranded in war-hit Israel. As the flight touched down at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, passengers on board erupted in fervent chants of “Vande Mataram.”
A video shared by one of the passengers captured the heartwarming moment when Indian citizens, eager to return to the safety of their homeland, expressed their patriotism by chanting “Vande Mataram” on their way back from Tel Aviv in Israel.
Representatives from various state governments were present at the airport to welcome and assist the evacuated Indian nationals as the second flight from Israel arrived in New Delhi.
Expressing their gratitude, one of the Indian nationals who returned from Israel said, “We thank the Indian government for arranging Operation Ajay. My family was worried for me after they saw what happened in Israel.” Another evacuee also extended their thanks to Minister of External Affairs, S Jaishankar, and the government of India for their efforts in Operation Ajay.
The returning Indian nationals were warmly received by Union Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs, Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, at the airport.
Earlier in the week, on Thursday (October 12), Indian Ambassador to Israel, Sanjeev Singla, had assured that the Indian Embassy in Israel was working diligently to ensure the well-being of Indian nationals in the conflict-stricken region. He also announced that “Operation Ajay” was in full swing, offering assistance to Indians wishing to return to India.
“Operation Ajay” was launched under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to repatriate approximately 18,000 Indian citizens in Israel. Registration for the operation began on Thursday (October 12), and on the following day, the first flight carrying 212 Indian passengers landed safely in Delhi, marking the commencement of this significant mission.