Israel-Palestine Turmoil: What To Do If Stuck In A War-Torn Nation

If you are a foreign national stuck in a war-torn nation, stay connected with your concerned embassy and follow their advisories carefully. Here are more tips on how to handle the situation
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Amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, with thousands of casualties since Hamas launched an attack on Tel Aviv, the Indian embassy is receiving requests from stranded Indian tourists to leave the country. In addition to the tourists, some Indian business people are caught up in Israel and seeking evacuation.

As per reports, a significant number of Indians in Israel work as caregivers, and there are also around a thousand students, along with IT professionals and diamond traders. The Indian Embassy has issued an advisory, urging all Indian nationals in Israel to stay vigilant and follow safety guidelines provided by local authorities. They have been advised to be cautious, avoid unnecessary travel, and stay close to safety shelters.

Advisory for Indian Nationals In Israel
Advisory for Indian Nationals In Israelindemtel/Twitter

Flights Cancelled

Many airlines from the US to India have stopped flying to Israel following the recent attack. Major international carriers like Air India, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and more have either reduced or completely halted their flights to and from Tel Aviv. Meanwhile, Israel's national airline, El Al, has increased its flights to bring back reservists.

The conflict between Israel and Hamas has caused flight cancellations and changes, affecting Israel's tourism industry. These airlines have said they will resume their services once the situation normalises. With the conflict still underway, follow these tips if you are stuck in Israel or any war-torn nation:

Stay Connected

If you are in a conflict zone, try not to be alone. It's better to stay in groups, with at least two people forming "buddy pairs" for company and safety. Seek refuge in bunkers, basements, or bomb shelters if possible.Moreover, find safe zones like embassies, UN compounds, or humanitarian organisations.

Make sure your phone is charged. With limited access to food and water, it's advisable to eat in a disciplined manner.

Avoid Military Sites

These areas are prime targets for missile attacks and are prone to shelling. Avoid military and police checkpoints, as they can be unpredictable and dangerous.

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Keep Yourself Informed

Follow reliable news sources and keep yourself aware of the local and international situation. This will help you make informed decisions.

Stay At One Place

Avoid unnecessary travel as much as possible; it can be extremely dangerous in a war-torn country. Learn how to signal for help using lights, sounds, or other methods in a dire situation.

Stock Up Essentials

Keep an advance supply of essential items like food, water, medications, and first-aid supplies. Plan for evacuation in case the situation becomes too dangerous. Your embassy or humanitarian organisations may be able to assist with this.

Carry Your ID Cards

Always carry identification cards, passports and important documents. Contact your country's embassy or consulate for assistance and guidance if you are a foreign national.

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