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Ten Nepalese killed, one missing, as Hamas launches strike on Israel

The Nepal Weekly
October 10, 2023

Ten Nepalese students were killed when Muslim extremist group Hamas lunched a surprize strike on Israel on Sunday. Issuing a press statement Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday confirmed that 10 Nepalese nationals have lost their lives in the recent attack by Hamas group of Palestine in Israel. Out of 17 Nepalese nationals working in a farm at Kibbutz Alumim, two safely escaped, four were injured and one is still missing.

We have received the information of sad demise of ten Nepalese nationals from the site, where the Hamas had launched an attack,” Nepalese embassy in Jerusalem said in a statement. “Efforts are being made to search one missing student,” the embassy added.

All ten Nepalese killed in the Hamas terror attack were the students of agriculture from Sudur Paschim University of Western Nepal, according to ministry sources. There are currently 4,500 Nepalese nationals working as caregivers and 265 students working in various agricultural firms under the learn and earn program sponsored by the government of Israel.

“The dead body will be brought back to Nepal soon after their identification is complete,” the statement said. Nepal government has also requested the Israel government for necessary arrangement of the injured people, who are undergoing treatment.

The ministry said that it is collaborating with the Israel government and the Nepalese embassy in Telaviv to bring back those Nepalese nationals who want to return home by collecting data about them.

“Nepal government is committed to evacuate the Nepalese nationals from the war-torn region at the earliest,” the statement issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Meanwhile, to mourn the death of ten Nepali students in the incident, the government has decided to observe public holiday on Tuesday. A cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Pushpakamal Dahal “Prachanda” on Monday decided to observe national mourning for Tuesday to honour those killed by Hamas outfit in Israel.

The government has also decided to lower the Nepali national flag to half-mast on the day of national mourning. The cabinet meeting also decided to provide Rs. one million compensation to each of the victims’ families, announced Government spokesperson and Minister for Communication and Information Technology Rekha Sharma.