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Rising violence has prompted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore to issue an urgent travel advisory today (October 10).

The death toll in the Israel-Hamas war has soared past 1,500 as air strikes, explosions and artillery fire ring out for the fourth day. 

WHO has called for a humanitarian corridor to “to ensure the entry of urgent medical aid” into Gaza’s hospitals to meet the needs of 200,000 people reported to be displaced by the conflict.

The escalating violence has prompted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore to issue a travel advisory today (October 10) urging Singaporeans to avoid all travel to the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Israel’s borders with the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Syria.

“In view of the latest developments, Singaporeans travelling to or residing in Israel and the Palestinian Territories should leave Israel as soon as possible via available commercial options,” says the advisory.

Singaporeans who need consular assistance while in Israel or the Palestinian Territories may contact the Singapore Embassy in Tel Aviv or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hours).

Churches change plans

Many churches in Singapore have been gearing up for Holy Land tours to Israel during the upcoming November-December school holidays. 

“Every year there are security concerns. This is the worst.”

Churches Salt&Light spoke to say the safety of their members is paramount. 

Pastor Sebastian Quek from Covenant Evangelical Free Church, who had planned to lead a Personal Discipleship Journey for groups to Israel in December, said: “Every year there are security concerns. This is the worst.”

Pastor Melvyn Mak, who runs Actxplorer Ltd, has made close to 40 Bible study trips to Israel. His next group had been planning to leave for Israel in two weeks.

“Our trippers’ safety is uppermost on our minds and, with the latest travel advisory, we have to change our plans,” Ps Mak told Salt&Light.

“We are right now talking to airlines and our land partners – hotels and tour guides. My heart goes out to them as the travel industry in Israel had just begun to recover after COVID. They usually handle the cultural, archaeological and biblical part of the tours, while I lead in devotions and Bible prophecy. Many of our partners have become our friends.

“Even as we pray for peace, we are trying to see how we can help meet the needs of the people affected.”

To read the full MFA advisory for Singaporeans in or planning travel to Israel, click here.


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