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Latin America begins evacuating citizens from Israel after 13 killed in Hamas conflict

At least 13 Latin American citizens have been killed in Israel following Hamas’ surprise attack on Saturday.

Colombia’s government announced Wednesday the death of a Colombian-Israeli woman who had been missing since Saturday.

In addition, seven Argentines, two Peruvians, two nationals from Brazil, and one person from Chile have been reported killed after the attacks.

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At least 20 more Latin American citizens are missing, with people from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay, and Colombia.

Several Latin American countries have also begun evacuating their citizens.

Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Ministry announced Wednesday on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the first plane carrying 135 Mexican evacuees is en route to its capital.

In Brazil, the first repatriation flight with 211 passengers landed in Brasilia early Wednesday. A second flight carrying 214 people took off shortly after midday, Brazilian time, from Tel Aviv. Additional flights are expected to fly to Tel Aviv until Sunday.

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Chile has evacuated 209 of its citizens on three flights, according to the country’s Foreign Ministry.

Peru’s government reported on X that 16 nationals have been flown out of Israel, and 131 of them are expected to leave in the “next upcoming days.” Authorities also informed on Wednesday that a woman who was reported missing had been located and is safe.

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