Bodies of 3 Nepalese nationals killed in Hamas onslaught arrive in Kathmandu

Army personnel carry one of the coffins containing bodies of Nepali nationals who were killed by Hamas terrorists in Israel, at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Oct. 22, 2023 (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Army personnel carry one of the coffins containing bodies of Nepali nationals who were killed by Hamas terrorists in Israel, at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Oct. 22, 2023 (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Nepal repatriates the bodies of three of the 10 Nepali students who were killed during the devastating Hamas attack on Israel two weeks ago.

Nepal’s Foreign Minister Narayan Prakash Saud and Israeli Ambassador Hanan Goder receive the bodies at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.

The bodies will be flown to the students’ home district of Kailai.

Another body of a Nepali student is expected to be flown to Kathmandu later today.

One Nepalese student is missing and believed to be held captive by Hamas in Gaza, officials say.

Israeli authorities have so far handed over four bodies to the Nepalese Embassy in Tel Aviv. They are in the process of identifying the remaining six bodies, a statement from the embassy says.

More than 200 Nepalese nationals returned home from Israel on Oct. 13. As many as 265 Nepali students were in Israel attending a program launched by the Israeli government.

Some 2,500 terrorists burst across the border into Israel from the Gaza Strip by land, air and sea on October 7, killing some 1,400 people and seizing 200-250 hostages of all ages under the cover of a deluge of thousands of rockets fired at Israeli towns and cities. The vast majority of those killed as gunmen seized border communities were civilians — men, women, children and the elderly.

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