Flight with 12 Israelis was forced to land in Malaysia, passengers departed safely — ministry

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

An Emirates flight from Dubai to Singapore with 12 Israelis onboard was forced to land in Malaysia this morning due to bad weather, the Foreign Ministry reveals.

Malaysia and Israel do not have diplomatic ties.

According to the ministry, Director-General Ronen Levy oversaw efforts to reach the passengers and ensure that they were safe. Diplomats worked with Emirates to contact one of the passengers and stay abreast of their welfare.

The passengers on Flight 354 did not deplane, and took off again for Singapore after waiting on the runway for five hours.

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