The evacuation took place under heavy fire between the rival forces in the Ivory Coast.

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)

The staff of the Israeli Embassy in Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast, was evacuated on Friday (April 8) by a UN force after having been holed up in the ambassador’s residence for days due to the ongoing civil war raging in the country.

The evacuation took place under heavy fire between the rival forces. The acting ambassador was injured during the evacuation. The staff were evacuated to the UN forces headquarters in Abidjan, where it was decided to fly the four Israeli diplomats to Akra, the capital of neighboring Ghana. After verifying that the UN forces were evacuating those Israelis in the Ivory Coast they could reach, the embassy staff boarded the plane and landed in Akra, where they were received by the Israeli diplomatic team engaged in opening a new Israeli embassy there. The injured diplomat received medical treatment at a local hospital. In the evening, they took off from Akra, and are expected to arrive in Israel on Sunday afternoon.