Retransmitted Security Message for U.S. Citizens
United States Embassy Tel Aviv
November 14, 2012
U.S. citizens are encouraged to exercise caution and take appropriate measures to ensure their safety and security in light of the escalating level of violence in Gaza and southern Israel. U.S. citizens should pay close attention to your surroundings and news reports, and follow the civil defense guidance provided by the Home Front Command. U.S. embassy personnel stationed in areas near Gaza have been instructed to curtail all non-essential travel and to shelter in place for the next 24 hours. Visitors and U.S.citizens living in Israel should also familiarize themselves with the locations of their nearest bomb shelters (often referred to as secure or protected rooms). The Government of Israel’s Home Front Command website provides information on how to choose a secure space or room in a home or apartment. Visitors may also seek information on shelters from hotel staff or building managers. Please click here for further emergency preparedness guidance provided by the Home Front Commandhttp://www.oref.org.il/
Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens
Due to ongoing demonstrations in several areas of the West Bank, the U.S. Consulate General has cancelled, until further notice, all non-official travel by U.S. Government employees to and through the West Bank on Routes 1, 90, and 443, as well as travel to Jericho and Bethlehem. Non-official travel by U.S. government employees to other areas of the West Bank remains off-limits, as outlined in our current travel warning.
U.S. citizens in Jerusalem and the West Bank are advised to avoid demonstrations and large crowds and to remember that even peaceful protests can turn violent with little or no warning. U.S. citizens should exercise extra caution and defer travel to the West Bank to the extent possible.