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The U.S. Embassy In Jerusalem Urges American Citizens To Be Vigilant Amidst Tension In The Middle East

By Kelsey Marie

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The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem posted a security alert on its site Monday warning citizens of the U.S. to be cautious when in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza because of “heightened tension in the Middle East.”

There have been at least 50 people killed and 213 injured in a stampede Tuesday, according to Iranian state TV. The stampede occurred during the funeral procession for Gen. Qasem Soleimani who was killed in a drone strike ordered by President Trump. 

The security alert from the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem urges: “Out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy strongly encourages U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness, as security incidents, including rocket fire, often take place without warning.”

Citizens are asked to be vigilant when traveling through these countries and to be extra alert when in tourist areas. 

The site states:

Actions to Take:

  • Keep a low profile
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists
  • Review your personal security plans
  • Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible
  • Avoid all demonstrations
  • Monitor local media
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency.
  • Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Advisories (including the Travel Advisory for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza) and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Information for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Currently, the West Bank and Gaza are listed by the State Department as being a “level 2” security risk and were last updated on December 28th.

The security alert ends by saying, “The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed.”

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Kelsey Marie

Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @kelseydashmarie

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