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Thu Feb 19, 2015, 04:52 AM

Israel, The West Bank and Gaza Travel Warning LAST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 18, 2015

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Source: State Department

The Department of State strongly warns U.S. citizens against travel to the Gaza Strip; U.S. government employees are not allowed to conduct official or personal travel there. U.S. government personnel require special security arrangements if traveling inside Israel within seven kilometers of the Gaza demarcation line. With the exception of Jericho and Bethlehem, U.S. government employees are prohibited from personal travel to the West Bank. Due to security concerns, U.S. government employees are prohibited from using public buses throughout Israel and the West Bank, and must obtain advance approval if they wish to travel within 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) of the Lebanon border, or travel on or east of Route 98 in the Golan Heights. U.S. citizens should take into consideration the following information, including the rules governing travel in this region by U.S. government employees. This replaces the Travel Warning issued September 10, 2014.

Travelers should be aware of the risks presented by the potential for military conflict between Hamas and Israel. During the conflict in Gaza in July and August 2014, long-range rockets launched from Gaza reached many locations in Israel and the West Bank Ė including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and other cities in the north and south. The Government of Israelís Iron Dome missile defense system successfully intercepted many rockets. However, missile impacts also caused deaths, injuries, and property damage. There have been additional small arms fire and mortar and rocket launches from Gaza into southern Israel on several occasions between September and December 2014 that resulted in limited property damage.

Visitors to and residents of Israel and the West Bank should familiarize themselves with the location of the nearest bomb shelter or other hardened site. Consult municipality websites, such as those for Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, for locations of public bomb shelters and other emergency preparedness information. Visitors should seek information on shelters from hotel staff or building managers. We advise all U.S. citizens to take note of guidance on proper procedures in the event of rocket attacks or other crisis events by visiting the website of the government of Israel's Home Front Command.

Travelers should also be aware of the heightened state of alert maintained by Israeli authorities along Israel's border with Egypt. There have been cross-border incidents from Egypt, including rocket attacks and ground incursions, such as attacks that took place in August 2013, January 20 and October 22, 2014. Rockets and mortars were launched from Sinai in the direction of Eilat and Israelís Negev region in January, July, and August 2014.

Read more: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/israel-travel-warning.html



Dangerous place for Americans.

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Madmiddle Feb 2015 #1
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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 07:54 AM

1. Israel's propaganda

 

machine is in full spin. There is no rockets or anything else coming from Gaza into Israel. The fact that the Country of Palestine is being destroyed because Nothingyahu has a bug up his fat ass, is a fact. Terrorism is all Israel has...

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Response to Madmiddle (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 09:47 AM

2. I will believe the US State Department rather than an unsupported claim on the internet.

 

So got any support for your assertion that the State Department is lying?

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Response to Madmiddle (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 09:47 AM

3. How is it that you consider State Department's

advisory to be Israel's propaganda?

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 02:08 PM

4. Sorry Locking

not LBN material

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