In light of the tragic events in Kibuz Alumim, southern Israel, where ten Nepalese citizens lost their lives due to an attack by the Hamas group from Palestine, the Nepal Government has taken several significant decisions.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a press release dated Asoj 20, 2080, announced that a national day of mourning will be observed on Asoj 23, 2080. On this day, national flags across Nepal and in its diplomatic missions abroad will be flown at half-mast.
In addition to expressing deep condolences to the bereaved families and wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured, the government also pledged a relief amount of ten lakh rupees to each family of the deceased. The Ministry of Finance will oversee the disbursement of this amount through the Home Ministry.
Likewise, the Gov. of Nepal has also decided to coordinate on the search of missing and on treatment of the injured.
The Charted flights will be managed to repatriate the Nepalese from Israel.
In this time of grief and difficulty, I appeal to all Nepali people to be patient.
— ☭ Comrade Prachanda (@cmprachanda) October 9, 2023
Efforts are underway, in coordination with the Israeli government, to expedite the repatriation of the remains of the deceased to Nepal. The Nepal embassy in Israel is also tasked with intensifying the search for any missing Nepalese related to this incident and coordinating immediate medical assistance for the injured.
Nepalese citizens in Israel, especially those who wish to return home, are advised to register their details through an online system established by the embassy.
The Nepal Government further assured that arrangements are being made to repatriate Nepalese wishing to return, with charter flights from Nepal Airlines and Himalaya Airlines.
The original press release in Nepali can be found here.
Following a sudden assault by Hamas, which saw around 5,000 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, over 1,070 people have been killed, with Israel reporting over 700 deaths and Palestine 370. This marked one of Hamas’ most significant attacks on Israel in recent memory. In response, Israel initiated ‘Operation Iron Swords’ against Hamas after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s firm declaration of a “state of war”. A severe conflict persists in both Israel and the Gaza Strip.”