“The Polish Army is preparing to evacuate Poles from Israel. We will send C-130 Hercules transport planes for our compatriots,” said the head of the Ministry of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, on Sunday on the X platform. Yesterday, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that about 400 Polish citizens may be staying in Israel. It also issued recommendations for Poles living in Israel. President Andrzej Duda said that there was no information that a Polish citizen was injured as a result of the attack.
Hamas’ attack on Israel began on Saturday at around 6.30 local time (5.30 in Poland). Fighting continues and has already claimed hundreds of lives and thousands of wounded. On Saturday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Łukasz Jasina said that there are about 400 Poles in Israel. Because of the situation in Israel PLL LOTWizz Air and Enter Air are canceling their flights on the Warsaw-Tel Aviv route – the press office of the capital port informed the Polish Press Agency. Flights from Israel to Poland were also canceled.
The Ministry of National Defense will send Hercules for the Poles
“The Polish Army is preparing to evacuate Poles from Israel. We will send C-130 Hercules transport planes for our compatriots,” the head of the Ministry of National Defense announced on Sunday on the X platform (formerly Twitter). Mariusz Błaszczak.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Paweł Jabłoński wrote: “We are not leaving our compatriots in need. In a few hours, a plane will take off to evacuate Poles waiting at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv.” “The situation on site is still very serious. Please follow the announcements very carefully and follow the recommendations of local services,” he added on the X platform.
Duda: No Poles were harmed during the attacks
Previously on Polsat News, the president Andrzej Duda reported that no Poles were harmed as a result of Hamas attacks on Israel.
– From what we know at the moment, from the information provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Polish Contingent (Military – ed.) in Lebanon, no Poles were hurt. There is no information that any of our citizens have been harmed in Hamas’ attacks on Israel so far. Fortunately, said the president.
Safety recommendations for Poles staying in Israel
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Israel publish announcements regarding the security situation and activities of the consular service on their websites. pages government and social media (including on X platform).
Recommendations for Poles issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
> If you are in a safe place, stay there. You face the greatest danger when moving around the country – do not change your place of stay unless there is a threat to your health or life. Land borders with Jordan are closed, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against attempts to travel across the border with Egypt.
>Don’t go to the airport. Going to the airport will not get you closer to returning to your country and will pose a greater risk than staying at home or in a hotel. People who are already at the airport should stay there for now and contact their carriers.
> If you have not done so yet, please contact the facility (in emergency situations requiring urgent intervention of the consul, you can contact us by phone: +972 547 444 106 or e-mail: email@example.com). Provide your place of stay and the number of Poles staying with you.
> Follow the recommendations of local services.
> Please also register in the Odyseusz system (https://odyseusz.msz.gov.pl/).
> Make sure your phone is always charged.
> If you can, buy water and something to eat.
The situation in Israel is difficult and changes from hour to hour. Follow the social media of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tel Aviv (X platform and Facebook). We will inform about the development of the situation through them – adds the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against travel throughout the country”
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel throughout the country, as well as to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In emergency situations requiring urgent intervention of the consul, you can contact us by phone: +972 547 444 106,” the Polish embassy says on its Facebook profile. .
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