Kathmandu: Israeli Ambassador to Nepal, Hanan Godar, Provides Update on Search for Nepali Student Captured by Hamas
In a recent update, the Israeli Ambassador to Nepal, Hanan Godar, shared information on the ongoing efforts to locate Nepali student Bipin Joshi, who is currently being held by the Palestinian extremist group, Hamas.
Ambassador Godar called for the release of all captured citizens, including Joshi, who remain under the control of Hamas.
Ambassador Godar conveyed, “The whereabouts of Joshi, who was taken captive by Hamas, remain unknown, and we continue our dedicated search for his safe return.”
Speaking to reporters in Kathmandu, he emphasized, “It’s essential to clarify that Bipin Joshi has no involvement in any conflict. We urge the international community to support our efforts in locating him and have appealed to the captors to release all hostages, including Joshi.”
This situation arose following an attack by Hamas in Israel on October 7, resulting in the tragic loss of 10 Nepali students.
Bipin Joshi remains missing, with four of the victims’ bodies repatriated to Nepal today. Additionally, Dhan Bahadur Chaudhary, a survivor of the attack, was also brought to Kathmandu.
Following a solemn tribute to the deceased Nepali students at Tribhuvan International Airport, Ambassador Godar informed reporters that another victim’s body would arrive in Nepal within two days.
He revealed, “We are currently in the process of identifying one of the bodies out of the 1,400 deceased individuals in Israel. Not all Nepali bodies have been identified yet. Four arrived today, and we anticipate one more in two days. The identification process for the remaining five individuals is ongoing.”
Ambassador Godar stressed the gravity of the situation, emphasizing that Hamas is instigating terror in Israel, affecting not only its citizens but also Nepali students.
He reaffirmed his country’s solidarity with Nepal during this crisis, stating, “In these challenging times, we consider Nepalis as members of our own family. We stand by you; you are our family, now and always.”