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Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Dec 10, 2001

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer travel to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Ongoing violence has caused numerous civilian deaths and injuries, including to some American tourists. The potential for further terrorist acts remains high. The situation in Gaza and the West Bank remains extremely volatile with continuing confrontations and clashes.

American citizens should limit travel to the Old City of Jerusalem to daylight hours, Saturday through Thursday. U.S. Government personnel in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza are under tight security controls, including prohibition of travel to the West Bank and Gaza. Occasionally, U.S. Government personnel are prohibited from traveling to sections of Jerusalem, including areas in both West and East Jerusalem, depending on current security conditions. Private Americans who remain in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza despite this warning should follow similar precautions and remain in close communication with the American Embassy in Tel Aviv and the American Consulate General in Jerusalem for more detailed information. American citizens residing in the West Bank and Gaza should consider relocating to a safe location.

American citizens in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza should also exercise extreme caution and avoid locations such as restaurants and cafes, shopping areas and malls, pedestrian zones, public buses and bus stops and the areas around them as well as crowds and demonstrations. Roads designed for Israeli settlers including in East Jerusalem have been the site of frequent shooting attacks and roadside explosives, sometimes resulting in death or injury. U.S. Embassy and Consulate employees and their families have been prohibited from using public buses throughout Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Dual Palestinian American citizens may encounter difficulties departing the West Bank and Gaza during times of Israeli closures in those areas.

From time to time, the Embassy and Consulate General may temporarily suspend public services as necessary to review their security posture. Travel restrictions on official travel into the West Bank and Gaza impair the Embassy's and Consulate General's ability to render emergency services to American citizens in the West Bank and Gaza. In those instances, U.S. citizens who require emergency services may telephone the Consulate General in Jerusalem at (972) (2) 622-7230 or the Embassy in Tel Aviv at (972) (3) 519-7355.

For further information on travel to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. The most up-to-date information on security conditions can also be accessed at http://www.usembassy-israel.org.il or http://www.uscongen-jerusalem.org.

This Travel Warning updates the security situation in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza and replaces the Travel Warning of August 10, 2001.

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