Information from the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Defence on the current situation

15.10.2023 - Press release

In response to the escalation of violence in the region in connection with Hamas’ massive terrorist attacks of 7 October, the German Government’s crisis unit at the Federal Foreign Office has issued a warning against travelling to Israel, all of the Palestinian territories and Lebanon.

Given the current situation in the Middle East, the Federal Armed Forces – in close coordination with the Federal Foreign Office – began to fly German nationals out of Israel yesterday. This follows on from the special flights organised by the Federal Foreign Office during the last few days.

The flights commenced in the last 24 hours. So far, approximately 160 persons wishing to leave the region have been flown to Germany in three German Air Force aircraft.

Additional German Air Force flights can be arranged, if necessary. Should the situation deteriorate, the Federal Armed Forces are prepared to conduct a military evacuation. To this end, further preparatory measures have been taken. For instance, the crisis unit has also decided to second additional staff to the crisis support teams that are already operating in the region.


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