Israel dispatching plane to Colombia to bring back stranded backpackers (Times of Israel)
Foreign Ministry says some 150 Israelis will return on El Al flight from Bogota, as the South American country begins nearly 3 week-long mandatory confinement
The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said an El Al plane will fly to Colombia to return some 150 Israeli backpackers stranded in the South American country.
The flight is set to depart for Bogota at 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to a ministry statement.
“The worried families of the backpackers in Colombia can smile,” Foreign Minister Israel Katz said. “Israel doesn’t abandon its children.”
Citing the “uniqueness of the situation in Colombia,” the ministry said the government will cover the cost of the difference between the price of the tickets and the total cost of the flight.
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