Two Ukrainian citizens killed in Israel: details
Two Ukrainian citizens were killed in a large-scale Hamas attack on Israel. The bodies are currently being repatriated to their homeland.
This was reported by the Embassy of Ukraine in Israel in a comment to Interfax-Ukraine . At the same time, the embassy does not have information about Ukrainians who were injured or went missing.
"The Embassy of Ukraine has received confirmation from the Israeli police about the death of two Ukrainian citizens. Measures are being taken to organize the repatriation of the bodies. There is no information on the presence of Ukrainian citizens among the wounded or missing," the diplomats said.
Earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine announced the possible death of one Ukrainian citizen, as well as that diplomats managed to find a Ukrainian who disappeared in southern Israel.
"Over the past 24 hours, Ukrainian diplomats have tracked down 1 citizen who disappeared in the south of the country. We helped 1 family to leave the city of Ashkelon. We have found temporary housing for two families amid canceled flights," wrote Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko a few hours before the information about the two dead Ukrainian citizens appeared.
Currently, an operational headquarters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is working around the clock: during the first day of its work, it processed 80 appeals from citizens. Most of them concerned the location of relatives, ways to leave the combat zones, finding temporary housing, obtaining information about the security situation and the procedure for ensuring their own safety.
The Ukrainian Embassy continues to be in constant contact with the Israeli police, rescue services, major hospitals, and the Israeli Institute of Forensic Medicine.
"We also keep in touch with Ukrainians who are in the Gaza Strip, and we are developing emergency routes for leaving the enclave in case of such a need," Nikolenko said.
He assured that diplomats are ready to provide maximum assistance and protection to Ukrainian citizens and "will not leave anyone to fend for themselves."
The Foreign Ministry also called on Ukrainians who find themselves in "any critical situation" to call the hotlines of the Ukrainian Embassy in Israel (+ 972 546 676 782) and the Ukrainian diplomatic mission in Ramallah (+ 972 59 823 93 99).
As a reminder, on October 7, an unprecedented attack by Hamas militants on Israel began. First, thousands of rockets flew to the south and center of the country, and then the terrorists broke through into Israel. They killed civilians and soldiers, and took some people hostage.
In response, Israel announced the launch of Operation Iron Swords, and the Israeli Security Council unanimously approved a ground operation in the Gaza Strip.
On the afternoon of October 8, Israel officially declared a state of war.
According to the data voiced by Israeli journalist Amichai Stein around 2 p.m. on October 8, the total number of Israeli citizens killed since the morning of October 7 has exceeded 600. This is almost twice as many as the total number of Israelis killed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 2008, according to the UN.
OBOZREVATEL also told you what happened in Israel overnight and whether Hamas managed to stop the attacks and monitors the current situation online.