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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Jerusalem, Vehicular Attack on Route 60

There are reports that a vehicular attack occurred this morning resulting in several pedestrians being injured.  The incident occurred along Route 60 near the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and French Hill.  Heavy Israel National Police (INP) activity and street closures are expected in the vicinity of the suspected attack.
 
Based on previous attacks, we remind U.S. citizens that the possibility of reactionary demonstrations and clashes remain a concern and underscore the importance of situational awareness and being cognizant of your immediate surroundings and the neighborhoods in which you travel due to the complex and fluid security environment.
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings (including the Travel Warning for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza), Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. For additional information, refer to "Traveler’s Checklist" on the State Department's website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
 

 

The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem is located at 14 David Flusser Street in the Arnona neighborhood and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays and certain local holidays).  Its telephone number is (972) (2) 630-4000.  The U.S. Embasssy in Tel Aviv is located at 71 HaYarkon Street and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays and certain local holidays).  Its telephone number is (972) (3) 519-7475.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the Consulate General is (972) (2) 622-7230, and the emergency number for the Embassy is (972) (3) 519-7575.
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