The acting Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, stated tonight that Spain still knows about ten thousand Spaniards who remain in Israel and Palestine, after the “successful” completion of the operation in transfer of almost 450 Spanish citizens and other nationalities.
In the statements made at the airport of Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid), where he went to receive the second military plane that brought home about 220 people, Albares emphasized that this flight “successfully completed the operation to bring the Spain of the Spanish which is now blocked by. Israel.”
However, the Foreign Minister emphasized that Spain does not forget its compatriots who remain in the conflict region: “We remain very attentive to the almost ten thousand Spaniards who are between Israel and the Palestinian territories. They there is a whole country behind them. from them”.
In the message released by the Ministry, Albares asked his fellow citizens of Israel and Palestine “to follow the instructions sent by the Embassy of Spain in Israel and the Consulate General in Jerusalem and if it is necessary in the circumstances, also act we are there for them. “. “We continue to monitor them,” he repeated.
The second of two flights chartered by the Ministry of Defense to repatriate Spaniards from Tel Aviv landed in Madrid this Wednesday evening with 149 Spaniards on board, along with 15 EU citizens, 36 Ibero-Americans and 20 third party citizens citizen. The plane arrived at Torrejón de Ardoz air base at 9:54 pm, where it was received by the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares.
Among the European citizens traveling on this plane are four from Bulgaria, three from Hungary, two from Germany, two from Romania and one each from Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Portugal.
Twelve nationals from Bolivia are also traveling, four from Chile and Ecuador, three from Costa Rica and Honduras, two from Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela and one from Argentina and one from Mexico.
Seven citizens of Israel, seven more from Switzerland, two from the United Kingdom and one each from Andorra, the United States, Turkey and China have completed the route.
This plane joins a first flight that landed the previous morning at the same air base with 209 people on board, most – 185 – Spanish citizens.
According to Foreign Affairs, most of the displaced foreigners are relatives of Spaniards or residents of Spain, although residents of other countries have also traveled on the second plane and are included in the flight at the request of the authorities of their countries.