According to a report by an Israeli news outlet, around 100 Jewish orphans were successfully rescued from Ukraine, in a complex operation headed by the Israeli embassy.
The advanced planning involved the efforts of several Israeli diplomats and officials, with Jerusalem’s consul in Romania, Roni Shabtai, leading the way. As per reports, the operation required complex advance planning, since many of the children, who began their journey in the Ukrainian city of Zhytomyr, did not have proper travel papers. They faced serious logistical problems exiting the country, with thousands of people streaming to land borders.
The children ultimately had to walk long distances on foot in difficult weather conditions, including in temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and were stranded in the border area for six days before being successfully extracted. The children were placed on buses after arriving at the border. They will be sent to the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca and from there to Israel.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid hailed the operation on Twitter on Tuesday, saying, “There is no country like this in the world. Six days into the harsh war in Ukraine, and there are moments for which words are not enough.”