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Dar contemplates evacuating Tanzanians that are still in Israel. Many happen to be students

Dar is planning to dispatch a rescue mission to Jerusalem and evacuate all the Tanzanians living in Israel.

Tanzanians in Israel will eventually be flown back home now that the deadly conflicts between the middle eastern country and Hamas Militants escalates.

That is according to an official statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation.

Operation Thunderbolt 1976 in reverse?

The development comes just a week after some disturbing news from the Middle East reported that there were two Tanzanians who had gone missing shortly after the war erupted between Hamas and Israel.

According to the Embassy of Tanzania in Tel Aviv, there should be around 350 Tanzanians living in Israel at the moment, including around 260 students pursuing agricultural programs.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) recently reported that the Tanzanian embassy in Israel was trying to trace the whereabouts of the two Tanzanians, believed to be students who went missing.

The Tanzanian scholars apparently disappeared in Israel after the country was hit by the Hamas militant group. Later, Israel retaliated with zest.

Ambassador Alex Kallua was quoted by the BBC as saying that his mission has been in contact with more than 350 Tanzanians living in the country, most of them being students.

“We understand that there are two students missing in south Israel where the situation is not OK. The two were on their internship pursuing agri-business studies,” he said.

“It is our hope that the two missing students are fine and we believe we will soon bring them back to safety,” he added.

The envoy also said that the embassy was meanwhile closely monitoring the situation to have everyone safe.

In another development, German authorities are reported to be working with airlines to expand departure options for German nationals who are trying to vacate from Israel.

On the other hand, Air India has extended the suspension of its scheduled flights to and from Tel Aviv Until sometime in October 18, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and militant group Hamas

It is suspected that nearly 2000 people have been killed in Israel, according to the country’s Defense Forces’ Army Radio.

More than 830 other people have died in Gaza, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, since the conflict erupted on Saturday.

Ongoing deadly airstrikes have also displaced more than 100,000 people.

Many of the injured Palestinians are crowded in local hospitals.

According to Ambassador Gilad Erdan, the number of hostages held in Gaza is estimated to be between 100 and 150. Hamas, on the other hand, is claiming to hold more than 100 captives, including some Israeli army officers.

U.S President Joe Biden and his Vice President Kamala Harris have assured Israel that the White House is supporting Israel.

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