Greek citizens advised to avoid non-essential travels to Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Lebanon

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The Foreign Ministry advised on Sunday for Greek citizens to avoid all non-essential travels to Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Lebanon.

"We advise Greek citizens to avoid, except when absolutely necessary, non essential travels to Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Lebanon," the foreign ministry statement said.

Meanwhile, Israel has activated a plan to evacuate residents within 2km (1.2 miles) of Lebanon, the military said on Monday. It follows exchanges of fire with Hezbollah in parallel to the conflict in southern Israel with Hamas.

In a statement, the Israel Defence Forces and the Ministry of defence said the plan had been approved by the defence secretary, Yoav Gallant, and included the evacuation of 28 settlements. Residents will be moved to state-subsidised guest houses.

Elsewhere, leaders of all 27 countries in the EU have called for the “immediate and unconditional” release of all the hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza.

The leaders will tomorrow meet over video link at an emergency summit called over the weekend as fears across the EU rise over the volatility of the region in the wake of the Hamas attack.

In a strongly word statement read out this morning by the European council president, Charles Michel, they defended Israel’s right to defend itself but said it must be “in full compliance with international law and international humanitarian law”.

The unified front comes after fears in the EU about the cost to civilian lives in Gaza in a ground operation by Israel, and also of fears of escalation in the wider region drawing in Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Michel said the summit will deal with providing basic needs for the most vulnerable citizens in accordance with humanitarian law, continued work on a two state solution, and bringing pressure to bear on all who can help de-escalate the situation.

The EU is also concerned about potentially huge numbers of migrants leaving Gaza, and the humanitarian need that will create in neighbouring countries.

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