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Mexico continues Israel repatriate mission while stationed in Madrid

Mexico City, Mexico — Hundreds more Mexican nationals have been repatriated from Israel. Two of Mexico’s military planes continue with the mission to move all Mexicans from the war-torn Israel-Palestine region.

On October 15, humanitarian flights FAM3528 and FAM3527 of the Mexican Air Force (FAM), in coordination with the Secretariat of Foreign Relations (SRE), successfully completed the Tel Aviv-Madrid transfer of 158 nationals from the conflict zone in Israel-Palestine.

Those Mexican nationals were received by the Mexican Embassy in Spain.

Both aircraft have since returned to Israel to pick up another 275 Mexican nationals who were still at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.

In an Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE) statement, the Ministry of Foreign Relations reported that “all people who, until this weekend requested to leave the region, are now outside the conflict zone in accordance with the instructions of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and thanks to the effective action of SEDENA.”

This Sunday’s transfers and repatriations are in addition to the two Mexican Air Force humanitarian flights that arrived October 11, with 287 people who returned safely home to their country.

Late last week, another registry was made to call upon Mexicans who wish to return home to register through the General Directorate of Consular Protection and Strategic Planning and the Mexican Embassy in Israel.

The latest fights returned Mexican nationals to Madrid from where they received assistance to continue their return trips to Mexico and other points in Europe.

A group of Mexicans land in Madrid from Isreal. Photo: SRE October 15, 2023.

The SRE, through the Mexican Embassy in Spain, negotiated with Iberia Airline a preferential price for 30 seats per day on direct Madrid-Mexico flights starting October 16. As of October 15, the Embassy received 53 requests to purchase these preferential tickets.

Mexico has sent its two military planes to station in Madrid to repatriate citizens to save on time since the war is escalating. Last week, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that there will be a constant airlift with two Mexican Air Force planes into Israel to repatriate the remaining nationals.