The State Department issued a “Worldwide Caution” just hours after President Trump announced the U.S. would begin recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, urging all U.S. citizens around the world to “maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness when traveling.”
“In addition to concerns stemming from terrorism, travelers should be alert to the possibility of political unrest, violence, demonstrations, and criminal activities when traveling,” it said.
“U.S. citizens abroad are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.”
“The Worldwide Caution was updated with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad,” a State Department spokesperson told The Hill.
The Hill added:
The department on Tuesday urged U.S. citizens to avoid Jerusalem’s Old City and the West Bank over fears of protests and violent reaction to the president’s announcement.
Trump announced plans on Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, in addition to plans to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The move is likely to spark unrest across the Middle East.