Suva, Fiji – In light of the recent escalation of conflict in Israel and the Gaza Strip, the Government of Fiji wishes to provide an update to the people of Fiji regarding the safety and well-being of the 200 Fijians who are currently in Israel to observe the Feast of the Tabernacle.
The situation in the region has become increasingly volatile, with the Israeli army issuing evacuation orders to residents in several areas of the Gaza Strip in anticipation of retaliatory strikes against Hamas.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s commitment to “mighty vengeance” following what he referred to as a “black day” further underscores the gravity of the situation.
Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka expressed his condolences, saying, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives and the suffering endured by both Israelis and Palestinians as a result of the ongoing conflict. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected during this challenging time.”
The Government is in direct contact with the Fijians in Israel and can confirm that they are safe and accounted for.
“Despite the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the conflict, we want to assure the families and loved ones of the 200 Fijians that their safety remains our utmost priority. We are closely monitoring the situation in Israel and are in regular communication with our citizens to provide them with any necessary support,” Prime Minister Rabuka affirmed.
“We are also aware of Fiji Airways’ review of the scheduled flight to Tel Aviv on October 10. We will continue to coordinate with the airline and provide updates to the public as the situation evolves.”
The Government of Fiji urges all parties involved to seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict, and we call for an immediate cessation of hostilities to prevent further loss of life and suffering.
“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this crisis, and we will continue to stand by the 200 Fijians in Israel to ensure their safety and well-being,” Prime Minister Rabuka concluded.