Israel sends special flights to evacuate Israelis stranded in Georgia and offers aid. 

(Communicated by Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni spoke on the telephone this afternoon (12 August) with Georgia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eka Tkeshelashvili. FM Livni thanked the Georgian government for its help in locating and evacuating Israeli citizens stranded in the conflict area. Livni also offered, on behalf of the State of Israel, to supply humanitarian aid to Georgia.

The Georgian foreign minister thanked Livni for Israel’s willingness to help and briefed her on the latest efforts to bring about a ceasefire.

Following discussions held at the Foreign Ministry last night, FM Livni decided to send three special flights to Tbilisi today to bring back Israelis who had been staying in Georgia. Two of the planes were from El Al and a third one was leased by Israel from a Georgian airline. In addition, a regular flight of a Georgian airline will arrive in Israel tonight. The Israeli embassy in Tbilisi is also assisting Israeli citizens who wish to leave Georgia by land.