Monday, August 10, 2020

(JNS) Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced that a passenger jet will be sent to Peru to begin evacuating Israelis that were stranded in the South American country when it shut its borders in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said Peruvian authorities would provide a police escort as the first planeload of Israelis were brought home by El Al free of charge. The operation was being conducted under “the principle of mutual responsibility under which the State of Israel operates in a time of national emergency,” he said.

Most of the stranded Israelis are young, post-army tourists, many of whom had canceled trips to the Far East to avoid the coronavirus outbreak, which originated there.

 

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