Published on Thursday, June 23, 2011 by Reuters
US Warns Americans from Participating in
WASHINGTON -- The United States updated a travel warning urging Americans to refrain from traveling to the Gaza Strip by sea and emphasizing risks, including a possible 10-year travel ban to
Pro-Palestinian groups are planning a flotilla to carry humanitarian aid to
Israeli officials have long argued that aid flotillas can be used as a cover to help supply weapons to Hamas, while Palestinians say the Israeli sea blockade is illegal and hurts the economy in
The Israeli military came under fierce criticism for its assault on a Turkish-sponsored flotilla in May 2010. The State Department mentioned that incident in its travel warning.
"On May 31, 2010, nine people were killed, including one
Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria; Editing by Eric Walsh
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DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S.
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Israel, the West Bank and Gaza
June 22, 2011
The Department of State warns
The Department of State strongly urges that
From December 27, 2008, through January 17, 2009,
In the past, some rockets have traveled more than 40 km (24 miles) from Gaza and landed as far north as Yavne and Gadera and as far east as Beersheva. As a result of possible military operations by the Government of Israel in Gaza and the ever-present risk of rocket and mortar attacks into Israel from Gaza, U.S. government personnel travelling in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip boundary, to include the city of Sderot, require approval from the Embassy's Regional Security Office.
The Department of State urges
During periods of unrest, the Israeli Government sometimes closes off access to the
The Department of State urges
Travel Restrictions for
Personal travel in the West Bank for
General Safety and Security
Israeli authorities remain concerned about the continuing threat of terrorist attacks. U.S. citizens are cautioned that a greater danger may exist around restaurants, businesses, and other places associated with U.S. interests and/or located near U.S. official buildings, such as the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. U.S. citizens are also urged to exercise a high degree of caution and to use common sense when patronizing restaurants, nightclubs, cafes, malls, places of worship, and theaters, especially during peak hours. Large crowds and public gatherings have been targeted by terrorists in the past and should be avoided to the extent practicable.
A bomb blast near the Central Bus Terminal in
In the Golan Heights and West Bank, there are live landmines in many areas and visitors should walk only on established roads or trails.
U.S. citizens planning to travel to Israel or the West Bank should read carefully the detailed information concerning entry and exit difficulties in the Country Specific Information sheet. U.S. citizens in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip are strongly encouraged to enroll with the Consular Sections of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv or the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem through the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Occasional warden messages issued by the Embassy and the Consulate General are e-mailed to registered
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