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| Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Zev Stub    
Tuesday, 07 January 1:26 PM

Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (January 6, 2020) 


Location:  Israel, Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza


Event:  Heightened Middle East Tensions


Heightened tension in the Middle East may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. 


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.  


In the event of mortar or rocket fire, a red alert siren may be activated.  Treat all such alerts as real; follow the instructions from local authorities and seek shelter immediately.  Know the location of your closest shelter or protected space.  U.S. government personnel and their family members may be restricted from traveling to areas affected by rocket activity, sirens, or the opening of bomb shelters.  For additional information on appropriate action to take upon hearing a siren or explosion, see the Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command website (link only available on devices within Israel) or view the Preparedness Information PDF.  U.S. citizens may also wish to download the free Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command application on Android or Apple devices to receive real-time security and safety alerts.  Free commercial applications, such as Red Alert: Israel, are also available.


The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. 


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 “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.


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