SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised Singaporeans to avoid all travel to the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and Israel’s borders with the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Syria, amid the ongoing rocket and terror attacks from Gaza on Israel. Singaporeans are also advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Israel in view of the ongoing conflict.

The rocket attacks, which commenced on Saturday (7 Oct), mark Palestinian militant organization Hamas’ largest attack on Israel in years from the Gaza Strip. Israel then launched a massive counterattack against Gaza.

The attacks have resulted in a devastating toll, claiming the lives of more than 900 individuals. Singapore has unequivocally condemned these attacks, while the United States is reportedly deliberating the provision of military assistance to Israel.

In a statement released on Sunday (8 Oct), MFA urged Singaporeans who are already in Israel or the Palestinian Territories to exercise extreme caution. They are advised to closely monitor local developments, avoid areas prone to public disturbances, and steer clear of large gatherings, particularly in the Old City and East Jerusalem, including the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount.

Singapore citizens in these areas are strongly advised to take proactive measures to ensure their personal safety, such as acquiring comprehensive travel and medical insurance.

MFA strongly encourages Singaporeans to register at so that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can contact them when necessary, and advises them to stay in touch with family and friends.

Singaporeans in Israel or the Palestinian territories who require consular assistance can contact the Singapore Embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv (+972 3 7289334) or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ 24-hour hotline (+65 6379 8800 / 8855).