Germany deploys special forces in Cyprus and Jordan ready to evacuate citizens from Israel

In the current situation involving Israeli operations against the Gaza Strip, Germany is taking steps to ensure the safety of its citizens in the region. Germany has deployed Bundeswehr troops to the Middle East with the primary objective of assisting in the possible evacuation of German citizens from Israel.
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In response to the escalating situation in the Middle East, the German Ministry of Defence has established a headquarters in Cyprus to plan and execute potential evacuations of German citizens.

The German Army’s Special Forces (KSK, Kommando Spezialkräfte), Navy Special Forces (KSM, Kommando Spezialkräfte Marine) unit, also known as combat swimmers, and the federal police Special Forces unit, which specializes in rescuing hostages (GSG 9), have been deployed to the Mediterranean island nation. C-130H Hercules and A400Ms are now in stand-by in Cyprus, ready to take off.

Also, special Forces from the army (KSK) are now positioned in Jordan, signaling Germany’s readiness to respond swiftly to any potential crisis in the area.

According to Bild, Berlin is preparing for “all scenarios” should the conflict between the Hamas-led Palestinian resistance and Israel escalate. The German Foreign Ministry has indicated that there are still several thousand German citizens present in the Middle East, despite the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas (and, pending, Hezbollah). The deployment of troops and the establishment of a headquarters in Cyprus reflect Germany's commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its citizens during this challenging period in the region.

Defense News October 2023