The repatriation of Greeks from Israel and Palestine has been completed


The repatriation of the Greeks from Israel and Palestine has been completed.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Embassy of Greece in Tel Aviv and the Consulate General in Jerusalem, mobilised immediately for the safe return of Greek visitors and residents of the area.

Thus, Greece was counted among the first countries to complete the repatriation of citizens successfully.

Specifically, on Monday, October 9, the first 90 Greek visitors returned, while on Tuesday, October 10, another 68. Finally, on Thursday, October 12, 72 Greek residents of the Jewish state and Palestine returned who expressed a desire to repatriate.

In addition, the return of citizens of European and third countries was also facilitated through the above flights.

Specifically, the return of citizens of Austria, Germany, Israel, Albania, Belgium, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Ukraine and Panama was secured.

Meanwhile, Israel’s military on Friday directed the evacuation of northern Gaza, a region that is home to 1.1 million people — about half of the territory’s population — within 24 hours, a U.N. spokesman said.

This could signal an impending ground offensive, though the Israeli military has not yet confirmed such an appeal. On Thursday it said that while it was preparing, a decision has not yet been made.

The order, delivered to the U.N., comes as Israel presses an offensive against Hamas militants. U.N. spokesman Stéphane Dujarric called the order “impossible” without “devastating humanitarian consequences.”

Earlier, the Israeli military pulverized the Gaza Strip with airstrikes, prepared for a possible ground invasion and said its complete siege of the territory — which has left Palestinians desperate for food, fuel and medicine — would remain in place until Hamas militants free some 150 hostages taken during a grisly weekend incursion.

A visit by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, along with shipments of U.S. weapons, offered a powerful green light to Israel to drive ahead with its retaliation in Gaza after Hamas’ deadly attack on civilians and soldiers, even as international aid groups warned of a worsening humanitarian crisis.

Israel has halted deliveries of basic necessities and electricity to Gaza’s 2.3 million people and prevented entry of supplies from Egypt.

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