U.S. evacuates 120 Pentagon personnel out of Israel

U.S. evacuates 120 Pentagon personnel out of Israel

The Pentagon on Thursday confirmed reports that it pulled 120 U.S. military personnel from Israel.

Defense Department press secretary John Kirby said the U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command staffers flew aboard a C-17 military aircraft and arrived in Ramstein Air Base in Germany earlier on Thursday.

"We made this decision to remove these individuals in coordination with our Israeli counterparts," Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon.

"These people from throughout the department were in Israel for a routine planning event” dealing with an upcoming military exercise,"he added. 

The planning conference — a routine practice to work through the details of any major military exercise — was already scheduled to wrap up by the end of the week but the Pentagon accelerated the staff’s departure by a few days.

"Out of an abundance of caution and good prudence ... we ended that planning conference a little early and got them safely to Germany," The Hill cited Kirbey as saying.

The spokesman was not aware of any other plans or efforts to further remove other Americans from Israel as of now.