US warns against travel to Israel, West Bank and Gaza


The Israeli Iron Dome system fires to intercept incoming missiles from Gaza.
The Israeli Iron Dome system fires to intercept incoming missiles from Gaza.
The United States on Monday warned Americans against traveling to Israel and the Gaza Strip, urging them to postpone any visits amid the current conflict.

It has also toughened restrictions on US government staff and their families working in the country, including declaring the Old City in Jerusalem off-limits after dark until further notice.

“The US Department of State warns US citizens of the risks of traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza due to ongoing hostilities,” an updated travel warning said, adding it “recommends that US citizens consider the deferral of non-essential travel to Israel.”

“The security environment remains complex in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, and US citizens need to be aware of the risks of travel to these areas because of the current conflict between Hamas and Israel,” the State Department warning added.

Many Americans have deep ties to Israel, and two dual US-Israeli citizens were killed on Sunday fighting in the Israeli Defense Forces.

But the State Department highlighted that long-range rockets launched from the Gaza Strip have reached many parts of Israel, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

While many have been intercepted by the Iron Dome shield, some have “caused damage and injury,” the warning said, adding all US visitors should locate the nearest bomb shelter for their safety in case of more rocket fire.

“Travelers should avoid areas of Israel in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip due to the real risks presented by small arms fire, anti-tank weapons, rockets, and mortars, as attacks from Gaza can come with little or no warning,” the statement added.

It stressed that while the embassy in Tel Aviv is working on reduced staffing and providing only emergency consular services, “we are not evacuating US citizens out of Israel.”




5 responses to “US warns against travel to Israel, West Bank and Gaza”

  1. Leborigine Avatar

    Seriously, does any sane person require a warning against travelling to israel!!
    I would be surprised if there is anybody sitting at Flight Center at the moment planning a trip or a honeymoon to israel

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Too many people NEVER listen to the news. Same could be said for the ‘warnings’.
      I suppose. (although some of the ‘news-shows’ are really not worth it)
      And then, some believe God/Allah protects them. 😉
      Some even do ‘pilgrimages’ through war-zones.
      A Government warning is a sop to insurance companies. ;-))

      1. Leborigine Avatar

        It does not surprise me 5th, there are a lot of idiots out there!

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Today is ‘Santa Day’ in Copenhagen.
    If you don’t have to fly over Russia/Ukraine to get there, it could be fun.

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Speaking of ‘Warnings’ !!! You should watch the John Stewart show with the warning about driving on American Highways. Apparently, Cops there are at least as bad or worse than Russian Cops for pulling anyone over and taking their money. Something about ‘Police Disgression’ that you MUST be quilty of something, and even if they couldn’t find out what that was, they can take a ‘fine’ of whatever you’ve got in the car including your cash and watch. I guess you can’t refuse because they can shoot you for the same reason or for ‘resisting’. (NRA Loves this one.)
    This saves the Federal Government about 5 Billion a year in funding police departments properly.
    SORRY GEO … I won’t be driving to Florida.
    (where’s my Scotch …. stop the world, I want off …. ahhh, found it.)

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