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Group of 65 Hungarians evacuated from Israel arrives in Cyprus

A ship carrying a group of 65 Hungarian citizens, among them 18 children, evacuated from Israel has arrived in Cyprus, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Friday.

Owing to the insistence of Hungarian diplomats, the government was able to acquire 200 tickets for a ship bound for Cyprus, which were then offered to the Hungarians stranded in the Middle Eastern country, 65 of whom boarded the vessel, Szijjarto said in Moscow.

“It’s good news that the ship has docked in Larnaca, where my Cypriot colleagues are waiting for the Hungarians,” Szijjarto said. “They will accompany the group to the Larnaca airport, where the Hungarians will board a plane reserved by the foreign ministry that will take them home.”

“So these Hungarian citizens are scheduled to arrive home sometime this afternoon or evening, and will then be permanently safe,” the minister said.

Later on Friday, an aircraft of the Hungarian Armed Forces left Israel with 105 people, 89 Hungarians and 16 foreigners on board, Szijjarto said, according to a ministry statement.

The plane evacuated Hungarian, Slovak, US, Israeli and Austrian citizens. Of the passengers, 44 are children, he said.

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