10 Nepali students killed in Israel, 17 more held captive by Hamas

The Nepal Embassy in Israel has confirmed the tragic death of 10 Nepali students due to rocket attacks by Hamas. With seven more wounded and 17 held captive, the embassy sheds light on the perilous conditions faced by Nepali nationals amid the escalating Israel-Hamas conflict.

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10 Nepali students killed in Israel, 17 more held captive by Hamas
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The Nepal Embassy in Tel Aviv has confirmed the death of 10 Nepali students who were in Israel working to support their families back in Nepal, as part of their commitment under Israel’s ‘Learn and Earn’ study program.

According to the Nepal Embassy, they fell victim to rocket attacks by Hamas against various Israeli cities. Nepal’s Ambassador to Israel revealed that along with the tragic loss of life, at least seven other Nepali nationals have been wounded in the conflict.

Seventeen individuals from Nepal, meanwhile, are reportedly being held captive by Hamas. This information, released on Oct. 7, casts light on the perilous conditions faced by individuals in the current war.

The conflict between Israel and Hamas has shown no signs of abating. Escalations are observed not just within Israel’s southern regions, including the Gaza Strip, but the tensions have now spread to the northern parts as well. On Oct. 8, Hezbollah, a Lebanese Islamist group, launched mortar shell attacks targeting Israeli military posts, prompting immediate retaliatory action by the Israeli Defense Forces.

Since the conflict erupted, estimates suggest that around 1,500 lives have been lost on both sides. The IDF’s ongoing military operation, dubbed “Operation Iron Swords,” has been a response to assaults by Hamas’ armed wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades.

A group of Nepali students, presently sheltered in an Israeli bunker due to rocket attacks by Hamas, have made a public appeal via video message. They urged the Nepalese government to undertake urgent evacuation measures.

“We are not safe in this bunker because earlier, our friends were brutally killed by the Hamas people entering into the bunker, and we don’t want to have the same fate,” they stated.

Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal called a special meeting of the Council of Ministers on Monday to talk about the most recent events in Israel and the state of the Nepali community there.

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