Canadian special forces are currently in Israel to assist Canada’s embassy with “contingency planning,” according to a confirmation from the Department of National Defence. This assistance arises from concerns regarding escalating hostilities in the Middle East, especially along the Israel-Lebanon border. The intention is to ensure a swift response in case an evacuation of Canadians becomes necessary due to deteriorating security conditions.
- Canadian special forces are assisting the Canadian embassy in Israel with “contingency planning” due to potential escalations of hostilities in the Middle East.
- The Department of National Defence mentioned that support from the Canadian Armed Forces would be provided if required for the evacuation of Canadians.
- Defence Minister Bill Blair stated that 300 Canadian Armed Forces members are in the region, with their main base situated in Cyprus.
- Following the intensification of conflict between Israel and Hamas, the Canadian military facilitated several evacuation flights from Israel to Greece, aiding approximately 1,600 individuals in leaving Israel.
- Canada has cautioned its citizens in Lebanon to consider leaving the country, expressing concerns that Hezbollah might fully engage in the conflict given the increasing confrontations along the Israel-Lebanon border. Between 40,000 to 75,000 Canadians reportedly reside in Lebanon.