A Self-Defense Forces plane, carrying 46 people, including Japanese and others from Asia, arrived in Tokyo on Friday from Israel in the second such operation since the outbreak of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas last month.

The KC-767 transport and refueling airplane carrying the evacuees, including 20 Japanese, 15 South Koreans, four Vietnamese and one Taiwanese, arrived at Haneda airport at 6:45 p.m., according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

Evacuees from Israel alight from a Self-Defense Forces KC-767 transport and refueling airplane in Haneda airport in Tokyo on Nov. 3, 2023. (Kyodo)

The aircraft had flown from Jordan, where it was on standby, to Tel Aviv on Thursday to board the evacuees before flying to Tokyo.

Hamas launched a surprise assault on Israel on Oct. 7, triggering large-scale retaliation by the Jewish state on the Hamas-ruled Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip.

On Oct. 21, a KC-767 flight with 83 evacuees, including Japanese and South Korean citizens, arrived at Haneda airport from Israel.

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