In a historic first, El Al flew a commercial flight directly from Israel to Australia to evacuate Israelis as it became increasingly difficult to leave the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 17-hour flight landed in Perth on Tuesday morning Israel time and took off several hours later. About 230 Israelis registered for the flight from Perth, 80 of whom came from New Zealand.

Like many other countries in the world, Australia plans to close its borders to foreigners and stop all commercial flights on Thursday in the wake of the spread of coronavirus.

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