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Two military planes repatriate hundreds of Mexicans from Israel

Mexico City, Mexico — Nearly 300 Mexican nationals have been repatriated from Israel on two humanitarian flights into the war-torn zone. The first plane left the war-torn country Tuesday carrying 140 Mexican men and woman.

It was the first of two flights sent to return Mexicans wanting to leave the country home.

“The crew of the first flight of the Mexican Air Force successfully completed the boarding of the compatriots who will soon be safe in Mexican territory, thanks to the repatriation plan of the Government of Mexico.

“We will be able to take another second humanitarian flight to Mexico with 140 people,” said Mauricio Escanero, the Mexican Ambassador to Israel.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), the first plane took off from the Ben Gurion International Airport in the city of Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 10.

The plane will make technical stops in Antalya, Türkiye, Shannon, Ireland and Gander, Canada before finally landing in Mexico City.

According to Mauricio Escanero, “140 Mexicans were able to board on the first flight,” he said after the arrival of the Boeing 737-800 in Tel Aviv.

“We are going to continue providing all the protection and support that the Mexican community requires to return to our country,” he added through a video shared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE).

On Wednesday, the second Humanitarian Flight of the Mexican Air Force took off from Israel.

The flight crew is made up of officials sent by the SRE, Consular Protection and Social Communication, as well as military personnel from Sedena, including military medical specialists, the SRE reported in their statement.