January 15, 2024

Government of Canada Assisting Canadians Affected by Crisis in Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Strip

In recent times, the situation in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip has been marked by volatility and rapid deterioration. In response to the ongoing crisis, the Government of Canada has taken proactive measures to ensure the safety and security of its citizens and permanent residents in the affected regions. This blog delves into the comprehensive efforts undertaken by the Canadian government to assist Canadians amidst the turmoil.

Prioritizing Canadian Safety Abroad

The safety and well-being of Canadians abroad remains the top priority for the Canadian government. In light of the escalating crisis, Canadian missions in the region have been actively monitoring the situation. Collaborating with partners, like-minded governments, and the international community, they have worked tirelessly to address the challenges presented by the crisis.

Assisted Departures and Support

A significant development in Canada's response to the crisis came with an update provided by several government officials. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, along with the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport, unveiled measures to assist Canadians and their eligible family members in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, including facilitated departures.

Departure Plan

To ensure the safe return of Canadians, permanent residents, and their families, the Canadian government has initiated assisted departures from Tel Aviv to Athens, with the invaluable support of Canadian Armed Forces aircraft. Subsequently, they will be transported to Canada aboard Air Canada flights. Simultaneously, Canadian officials are actively exploring additional options for those unable to reach Tel Aviv's airport.

Standing Rapid Deployment Team (SRDT)

To further enhance support for their missions and assess on-ground needs, Canada is deploying members of Global Affairs Canada's Standing Rapid Deployment Team (SRDT) to the affected region. These highly trained individuals are on standby, ready to provide emergency response, coordination, consular assistance, and logistical support when needed.

Consular Services and Communication

Consular services remain accessible to Canadians in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. Officials in Ottawa maintain regular contact with affected Canadians, delivering essential information and advice as the situation evolves. Additionally, Canadian missions in nearby countries actively contribute to the crisis response efforts.

Stay Informed and Reach Out

Canadians who require assistance or wish to leave the affected areas are encouraged to contact the following:

  1. Embassy of Canada to Israel in Tel Aviv: 972 (3) 636-3300
  2. Representative Office of Canada in Ramallah, West Bank: 972 (2) 297-8430
  3. Global Affairs Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa:
  4. Telephone: +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls accepted where available)
  5. Email: sos@international.gc.ca
  6. SMS: +1 613-686-3658
  7. WhatsApp: +1 613-909-8881
  8. Signal: +1 613-909-8087
  9. Telegram: Canada Emergency Abroad

Furthermore, it's essential for Canadians in the affected region to register with the Government of Canada’s "Registration of Canadians Abroad" service. This allows officials to provide timely updates and critical information about available assistance. Canada advises all affected Canadians to regularly check the Travel Advice and Advisories for Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip for the latest updates.

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