More than 10 Britons are feared dead or are missing after Hamas fighters attacked Israel.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said “significant numbers” of British-Israeli dual nationals have been caught up in the conflict, although he said he is “uncomfortable” giving exact numbers in a fast-moving situation.
Rishi Sunak said the UK Government was ready to support any British citizens in need of help, telling broadcasters: “I know there will be families who are anxious about their loved ones in the region.
“I want to reassure them we’re doing everything we can, working very closely with the Israeli authorities to establish what is happening on the ground, provide support to people where it’s needed.
“I’d urge anyone there to contact the Foreign Office so that they have their details, follow the advice locally from the Israelis but also from the Foreign Office, and we stand ready to support everyone as best we can.”
The escalating situation between Israel and Hamas has led to travel fears around neighbouring countries. Here is the latest advice for Turkey, and what its government has said about the conflict.
Is it safe to travel to Turkey?
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is not currently advising against travel to Turkey.
There are currently no signs Turkey is being affected by the conflict between Israel and Gaza-based Hamas. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said both sides “must refrain from aggressive acts”.
He added that Turkey was willing to do whatever it takes to help ease the tensions, saying on Sunday: “We are determined to continue the diplomatic efforts we have started to re-establish calm by intensifying them. We call on all parties with a say in the region to sincerely contribute to peace.
“Lasting regional peace will only be possible by finding a final solution to the Palestinian-Israeli issue. In this regard, as we have always underlined, the preservation of the two-state solution perspective is very important.”
Israel’s ambassador to Turkey, Irit Lillian, said the recent attacks showed that Hamas should not have any presence in Turkey or elsewhere.
The FCDO does advise against some travel to Turkey, unrelated to the violence in Israel and Gaza.
It advises against all travel within 10km of the border with Syria; all but essential travel to the city of Sirnak in south-east Turkey; and all but essential travel to Hakkari province in south-east Turkey.
Is it safe to travel to Israel?
The FCDO is advising against “all but essential travel to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories”, and against all travel to the following locations:
- The Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar;
- Within 500m of the border with Lebanon (the “Blue Line”) east of Metula, including the northern edge of the town;
- Within 500m of the border with Syria (the “Alpha Line”);
- The area close to the border with Gaza that includes: south-west of Ashkelon, and south of route 35 and west of route 40 as far as Tlalim, not including Be’er Sheva.
The Israeli government has declared a state of emergency across the whole country, meaning international borders could close at short notice.
Anyone currently in Israel or the Occupied Palestinian Territories is advised to register their presence with the FCDO here. It can then share important updates with you, including information to support you to leave the country.
Despite the warnings, the UK is not currently planning to follow other European nations in evacuating citizens from Israel.