kathmandu: Nepal’s Foreign Minister N. P. Saud said on Sunday that four Nepali students studying in Israel were injured in an attack by terrorist group Hamas while 11 students were missing. The minister said there was a possibility of casualties among the missing students studying in the southern part of Israel. Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, launched a sudden attack from air, land and sea south of Israel on Saturday morning.
At least 350 Israelis, including soldiers, have been killed and more than 1,900 injured. It is being called the most gruesome attack in the country in the last 50 years. In Israel’s retaliatory attack, about 300 people have died in Gaza Strip while about 1,500 have been injured.
Saud told ‘PTI-Bhasha’, contact with 11 Nepali students could not be established and there is a possibility of their casualties. We are trying to find out the exact number of casualties. According to Foreign Ministry sources, 17 Nepali students were living in Qubuz Alumim in southern Israel under the “Learn and Earn” program. Two of them managed to escape safely and three students were injured.
Foreign Ministry sources said that the injured Nepali students are being treated in the hospital. Currently, 4,500 Nepalese are working in Israel while 265 Nepalese students are working in various agricultural companies under the “Learn and Earn” scheme.
The ministry said in a statement that the Nepal government has taken the incident seriously. According to the ministry, the Nepal government has formed a committee under the chairmanship of Foreign Minister Saud whose aim is to rescue Nepali citizens present in Israel. Saud on Sunday “The committee will continuously monitor the situation, evaluate the situations faced by Nepali citizens, take necessary decisions regarding rescue operations and effectively coordinate and cooperate with the government,” he told parliament.