Canadian Killed and Two Missing Amid Israel-Hamas Conflict, Global Affairs Canada Reports

Canadian Killed and Two Missing Amid Israel-Hamas Conflict, Global Affairs Canada Reports
Rockets are fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

Amid the intensifying conflict in the Middle East, Global Affairs Canada has announced that they are aware of the reports regarding one Canadian killed and two others missing in Israel. The agency released this information in recent statements, confirming that Canadian officials in Israel are actively liaising with local authorities to verify these reports and to gather more insights about the situation.

Fire and smoke rise following an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023. PHOTO BY HATEM MOUSSA /THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Current State of Canadians in the Region

According to Global Affairs Canada, there are currently 1,419 Canadians registered with the Registration of Canadians Abroad in Israel and another 492 Canadians registered in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. However, they emphasize that this registration process is voluntary, suggesting that these figures might not provide a comprehensive count of Canadians in the region.

Since the conflict erupted on October 7, Global Affairs Canada has been actively addressing the concerns of Canadians related to the situation. They have responded to a total of 429 inquiries, predominantly concerning travel advice and advisories for the areas of Israel and Gaza, the status of airports and flights, prevailing security conditions, as well as available options for departing the region.

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Travel Disruptions and Advisories

As the violence escalates, travel out of the region has become more challenging. Air Canada, among other major airlines, has temporarily suspended its flights to and from Tel Aviv, affecting connections to both Toronto and Montreal. The suspension remains fluid, with airlines adjusting their plans based on the progression of events.

Global Affairs Canada has further cautioned Canadians regarding potential disruptions at land borders with Jordan due to the crisis in Israel.

Passengers look at a departure board at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 7, 2023, as flights are canceled because of the Hamas surprise attacks. The conflict sparked major disruption at Tel Aviv airport, with American Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa and Ryanair among carriers with cancelled flights. (Photo by GIL COHEN-MAGEN / AFP)

Safety Recommendations for Canadians

In their advisory, Global Affairs Canada strongly recommends Canadians in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip to “exercise a high degree of caution.” They further advise individuals to limit their movements, closely follow the directives of local authorities, and remain sheltered until deemed safe to leave their current location. Monitoring local media for updates is also encouraged.

Furthermore, Global Affairs Canada has confirmed the safety of all employees stationed at the Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv, as well as Canadian personnel in Ramallah in the West Bank.