Delhi, along with some other states, were on Friday put on high alert due to concerns about anti-social activities amid rising Israel-Hamas tensions.
PANAJI: A high alert was sounded in Delhi and some other states on Friday after the police received inputs from security agencies on possible anti-social activities, in the wake of escalating tensions between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group.
According to the details, a substantial police force was deployed on the streets of the national capital to keep vigil during the Friday prayers.
Security was also increased in sensitive areas, including around the Israeli Embassy and Jewish religious establishments.
Sources said security agencies alerted some other states and Union Territories as well, to ensure the safety of Israelis residing in the country.
State authorities in Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh and Goa were asked to ensure security to Israeli diplomats, staff and tourists, they said.
This comes after many countries, including the US, UK, France and Germany, heightened security around “potential Jewish targets” and “pro-Palestinian protesters” in view of the escalating violence in Israel.
Early on Friday, the first charter flight to facilitate the return of Indian citizens from Israel, under ‘Operation Ajay’, landed in Delhi. The flight ferried 211 adults and an infant living in the war-battered region.
Israel has vowed an unprecedented offensive against the Islamic militant group Hamas ruling Gaza after its fighters broke through the border fence and stormed into the country’s south through air, land and sea on October 7.
On the sixth day, the Israeli military said more than 1,300 people, including 222 soldiers, were killed in Israel, a staggering toll unseen since the 1973 war with Egypt and Syria that lasted weeks.
In the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, at least 1,417 people, including women and children, have been killed, according to authorities there.