SINGAPORE: As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalates, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has issued an urgent advisory calling on Singaporean citizens currently in Israel and the Palestinian areas to leave as soon as possible.

In a statement on Tuesday (10 Oct), the MFA referred to their previous Travel Advisory for Israel and the Palestinian Territories on 8 Oct, which strongly recommended that Singaporeans avoid all travel to the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and areas near Israel’s borders with the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, and Syria. Additionally, it urged Singaporeans to avoid non-essential travel to Israel due to the ongoing conflict.

In light of the recent developments in the region, the MFA has gone a step further, urging Singaporeans currently in Israel and the Palestinian Territories to depart as soon as possible, utilizing available commercial options.

For those Singaporeans who choose to remain in Israel, the MFA emphasized the importance of vigilance and staying informed about local developments. It specifically cautioned against visiting areas known for public disturbances or large gatherings, including districts like the Old City and East Jerusalem, including Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount.

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The MFA recommended that individuals staying in Israel take precautions for their safety, including purchasing comprehensive travel and medical insurance.

The ministry also urged Singaporeans in Israel to register their presence through the official Singaporean government portal at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg. This registration would enable the Singaporean authorities to contact them if necessary during these challenging times.

Singaporeans in Israel or Palestine who require consular assistance have been provided with contact information. They can contact the Singapore Embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv by calling +972 3 7289334 or emailing singemb_tlv@mfa.sg. Additionally, a 24-hour hotline has been established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore, which can be reached at +65 6379 8800/8855, and they can also be contacted via email at mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg.

The advisory from Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reflects the growing concern over the escalating conflict in the region. It aims to ensure the safety and well-being of its citizens during this tumultuous period. Singaporeans in the affected areas are strongly encouraged to heed this advice and take appropriate measures to protect themselves.