Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the government is launching another operation to evacuate Hungarian citizens stuck in Israel, adding that the authorities were in contact with all 220 people who have registered for consular protection.
Minister Szijjártó said the security situation in the Middle Eastern country continues to deteriorate, with more and more airlines cancelling their flights from Tel Aviv airport due to missile strikes. Despite this, the consuls at the scene have managed to get three more Hungarian citizens home this afternoon, he added. The government is in contact with a total of 220 people stuck in Israel and aims to help all of them get home, the minister said. “We would like it if they could come home as soon as possible,” Szijjártó said. “We’re working to ensure a safe return for everyone. Several evacuation operations are being planned along multiple routes.” Hungarians still in Israel who have registered for consular protection will soon be notified of the next evacuation, he said, urging them not to delay their decision to leave the way multiple tourist groups did earlier in the week. He also warned against making the details of the evacuation public. Earlier in the day, Szijjártó said that another five Hungarian citizens had managed to leave Israel.