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Israel sending plane to Colombia to rescue backpackers

Israel is sending a plane to Bogota to pick up some 150 Israeli backpackers stranded in Latin America, the Foreign Ministry says.

The El Al plane will leave Tel Aviv for Colombia on Wednesday night, the ministry says.

The flight will take off tomorrow (Wednesday) from the capital city of Bogota at 10 p.m.

El Al has opened a special phone line to sign up for the flight.

“The worried families of the backpackers in Colombia can smile,” says Foreign Minister Israel Katz. “Israel doesn’t abandon its children.”