“The Portuguese repatriation operation is underway, with the Portuguese Air Force C-130 aircraft transporting around 80 people from Tel Aviv to Larnaca”, states the MNE.

Taking into account the overflight permissions of the Israeli authorities, “the next C-130 flight could take place this evening, transporting a new group of Portuguese to the Cypriot city”.

Subsequently, a TAP flight, chartered by the Portuguese State, will leave Larnaca, tonight, bound for Portugal and is expected to arrive in Lisbon this Wednesday, according to the ministry headed by João Gomes Cravinho.

The MNE also warns in the statement that “the complex operating conditions in Israeli territory may require changes to flight plans”, which are being permanently communicated to citizens designated for this mission, which is being operated by the Ministry of Business Foreigners and the Ministry of National Defense.

The Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs said on Monday that around 190 Portuguese had already expressed their intention to leave Israel and were prepared to use the repatriation flights organized by the Government via a Portuguese Air Force (FAP) plane.

João Gomes Cravinho explained, in statements to RTP, that these repatriation flights will take place between Tel Aviv and Cyprus (Larnaca), using the FAP C-130 aircraft.

Subsequently, a TAP flight, chartered by the Portuguese State, will bring these citizens from Cyprus to Lisbon.

The MNE had previously informed that “service at the Consular Emergency Office has been reinforced”, stressing that “contacts should only be made to these numbers - +351217929714 / +351961706472 (regular telephone calls) or via email gec@mne .pt”.

The minister also mentioned that there are 3,000 Portuguese registered in Israel, and “the vast majority live there, have dual nationality and have not expressed interest” in travelling to Portugal.