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Security Alert: Jerusalem, Exercise Security Awareness Due to Heightened Regional Tensions

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:

 

Assistance:

 

?   U.S. Embassy Jerusalem
14 David Flusser St.
Jerusalem
Telephone: 
+972-2-630-4000
E-mail: 
JerusalemACS@state.gov
Website: 
https://il.usembassy.gov/

 

?   U.S. Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv
71 HaYarkon St.
Tel Aviv
Telephone: 
+972-3-519-7575
E-mail: 
TelAvivACS@state.gov
Website: 
https://il.usembassy.gov/

 

?         State Department – Consular Affairs

?         888-407-4747or 202-501-4444

?         Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Country Information

?         Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Travel Advisory

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