Israel-Hamas: Canada will soon stop evacuation flights

Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly announced this in a press release while in Egypt this weekend at the Cairo Peace Summit.

“Therefore, the last scheduled supported flight from Tel Aviv will take place on Monday, October 23rd. Canadian Forces aircraft remain in the region and stand ready to respond quickly if conditions change and demand for supported departures increases,” the minister said.

As of Saturday evening, 1,600 Canadian nationals had been evacuated from Tel Aviv aboard 17 relief flights over nine days, the minister said.

“We will continue to assist eligible Canadians, permanent residents and their family members to leave the West Bank by land. So far we have successfully brokered 33 departures and are planning further transfers in the coming days,” said Mélanie Joly.

In the meantime, Global Affairs Canada continues to establish contact, where possible, with Canadians still stuck in Gaza and possible exit options at the Rafah crossing on the Egyptian border.

“My message to Canadians in Israel is clear: If you want to leave Israel for security reasons, now is the time. If you would like us to help you with this, you must contact Global Affairs Canada so that we can provide you with a seat on one of the remaining flights,” Minister Joly explained.

It also stressed that “the situation in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip remains unstable and is rapidly deteriorating,” while discussions with the international community continue to address the situation.

Canadians requiring emergency consular assistance should contact Global Affairs Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Center in Ottawa:

  • by phone: +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted when this service is available)
  • by email:
  • via text: +1 613-686-3658
  • via WhatsApp: +1 613-909-8881
  • by signal: +1 613-909-8087
  • via Telegram: Emergency Canada abroad

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