Assistance For Americans Affected By Violence In Israel
Washington, October 9, 2023
I stand with the people of Israel and condemn Hamas' attack which has claimed hundreds of lives, with many more wounded or taken hostage. The United States fully supports our Israeli friends in the face of this senseless violence, and we utterly reject these despicable terrorist acts. I will work with my colleagues in Congress to respond to this attack, and to provide the support Israel needs to defend itself from terror.
I support the Administration's push for a pause in military operations to get humanitarian assistance into Gaza and help civilians find safety. More must be done to help innocent Palestinian civilians as Hamas is held accountable for their awful acts and we work to free hostages. Palestinian civilians need humanitarian aid, including food, water, and fuel to improve the dire medical situation. I also agree with the President's call for a halt to retaliatory settler attacks which are dangerously fanning the flames in the West Bank.
I am also working with the Administration to help Americans in the region impacted by the violence.
Consular Guidance From The U.S. State Department For American Citizens In Israel And Gaza
New from the State Department on October 12: U.S. Government to Assist U.S. Citizens in Departing Israel
The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State.
We continue to closely monitor the security situation in Israel. The Department of State has a 24/7 coordinating group communicating with U.S. citizens and providing them assistance through phone calls and an online form.
For U.S. citizens who want to leave Israel, commercial flights are available even if they are not direct to the U.S. The State Department is also exploring contract options to facilitate U.S. citizen travel to nearby countries, and will provide updates to U.S. citizens who have registered via their online form: http://cacms.state.gov/s/crisis-intake
For the latest updates, please monitor the messages to U.S. citizens from the U.S. Embassy in Israel:
U.S. citizens in Israel should enroll their contact information in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP):
Additional updates to the travel advisory for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza will be posted as they are issued: