After five Gaza wars, this one has unfortunately proven to be the most destructive for both sides. The fighting began on October 7. More than 4,000 lives have sadly been lost. according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 9,700 Palestinians have been injured and 2,750 have died. Israel reports that more than 1,400 people have died on the Israeli side and that at least 199 others — including children — have been captured by Hamas and taken to Gaza.
The FCDO advises against visiting Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories unless absolutely necessary, as well as the following places:
Areas situated within a 4km radius of the Lebanese border have been declared as closed military zones by the Israeli military, and entry into these zones is strictly prohibited.
The Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar regions: a. Areas within 500m of the Lebanese border, referred to as the ‘Blue Line,’ to the east of Metula, including the northern edge of the town. b. Areas within 500m of the Syrian border, known as the ‘Alpha Line.’
Regions in close proximity to the Gaza border, encompassing: a. Southwestern areas of Ashkelon b. Areas to the south of route 35 and to the west of route 40, extending up to Tlalim (excluding Be’er Sheva) c. Western areas of Be’er Sheva d. Northern regions situated to the north of route 211
Terrorist organizations, lone terrorists and other violent extremists are still preparing for possible attacks in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel. Terrorists and violent extremists could carry out attacks on tourist destinations, transportation hubs, marketplaces and shopping centers, and local government buildings without much notice. Violence could erupt at any time in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Israel has seen a significant increase in the number of protests, some of which have been sudden and unannounced.
Reconsider Travel To:
Think twice before visiting Israel because of terrorism and civil unrest.
West Bank also because of terrorism and civil unrest
The FCDO warns against traveling within three kilometers of the Jordanian border with Syria unless absolutely necessary. Due to the precarious situation in southern Syria, security risks such as instability or terrorist activity may occur at any time.
Due to terrorism, you should be especially careful in Jordan. There is a higher risk in certain places.
Do not travel to:
Areas within a 3.5 km radius of the Jordanian border adjoining Syria, specifically east of Ruwayshid town towards the border with Iraq, are to be avoided due to the presence of terrorism and ongoing armed conflict.
Steer clear of designated Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, primarily due to entry restrictions enforced by the Government of Jordan.
Exercise caution in Zarqa, Rusayfah, and the Baqa’a neighborhood of Ayn Basha due to heightened concerns related to terrorism and criminal activities.
Reconsider travel to:
Ma’an City and certain regions of Ma’an Governorate due to terrorists and criminal activity.