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Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Aug 15, 2005

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert Americans to ongoing security concerns in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza related to the Israeli disengagement from settlements in Gaza and parts of the northern West Bank, which will begin on August 15, 2005. This Public Announcement supplements the Travel Warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza dated June 20, 2005, and expires on October 15, 2005.

During the Israeli disengagement, police and security authorities in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza will significantly increase their presence to help secure the affected areas. Persons opposed to disengagement may engage in protest actions that could spark violence. Towns bordering the affected areas could also become embroiled in protest activity. Holy sites in Jerusalem could become the scene of protests, as they have in the past. The disengagement is expected to last several weeks.

U.S. citizens are advised to avoid crowds, maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness, and exercise caution in public places or while using public transportation.

As noted in the June 20, 2005 Travel Warning, the Department of State urges US citizens to carefully weigh the necessity of travel to Israel, defer unnecessary travel to the West Bank, and avoid all travel to Gaza. U.S. citizens living or traveling in Israel, the West Bank or Gaza are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv or the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. U.S. citizens without Internet access may register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and the Consulate General in Jerusalem and enroll in the warden system (emergency alert network) to obtain updated information on travel and security in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.

Embassy communications, also known as "Warden Messages", with the resident American-citizen community can be found on the Embassy's website at http://israel.usembassy.gov/publish/citserv.htm and the website of the Consulate General at http://jerusalem.usconsulate.gov/jerusalem/warden.html. U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's latest Travel Warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Consular Information Sheet for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, and Middle East and North Africa Public Announcement, available at http://travel.state.gov.

Up-to-date information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except u.s. Federal holidays).

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv is located at 71 Hayarkon Street. The telephone number between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. local time is (972)(3)519-7575. The number for after-hours emergencies is (972)(3)519-7551. The fax number is (972)(3)516-0315. The Consular Section's email address is amctelaviv@state.gov, and the embassy's Internet web page is http://israel.usembassy.gov/. The U.S. Embassy should be contacted for information and help in the following areas: Green Line Israel and the Gaza Strip.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem is located at 27 Nablus Road in Jerusalem. The telephone number is (972)(2)622-7200. The number for emergency purposes only after 4:30 p.m. and before 8:00 a.m. local time is (972)(2)622-7250. The fax number is (972)(2)627-2233. The Consulate's e-mail address is jerusalemacs@state.gov and its Internet web page is http://jerusalem.usconsulate.gov. The U.S. Consulate General should be contacted for information and help in the following areas: Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Allenby Bridge border crossing connecting Jordan with the West Bank.

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