In response to the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has initiated a mission to evacuate Australian citizens and other nationals from Israel.

Since the deployment began on October 13, the RAAF has utilized KC-30A Voyager and C-17A Globemaster III transport planes to carry out a military-led departure operation from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

This critical mission aims to ensure the safety of Australians and other foreign nationals caught in the midst of the conflict.

A Swift Response to an Evolving Conflict

Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles emphasized the importance of the government’s actions to safeguard Australian nationals. He stated,

“The activation of two Defence aircraft provides critical options for Australia as the conflict in Israel continues to evolve,” said Marles in a press release statement.

These military-assisted departure flights are part of a broader government-supported private charter operation. The deployment of RAAF aircraft as part of “Operation Beech” began last Friday, and it has proven to be a vital lifeline for those wishing to leave Israel amidst the conflict.

Australian citizens and visa holders who are currently in Israel have been encouraged to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) via their crisis portal to facilitate their departure. This registration process helps the government keep track of individuals in need of assistance.

A Growing Exodus: Over 1,200 Citizens Evacuated

Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Penny Wong reported that over 1,200 Australian citizens had registered on the crisis portal, many of whom have already left Israel and Palestine.