Travel Alert – Israel…

Drum Cussac has issued this latest warning for U.S. Citizens traveling in the country of Israel.  This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…

Government Warning Issued for Israel

UPDATE: Clashes Reported in Old City and East Jerusalem ahead of Funeral

Category: Unrest

Severity: 4 (High)

Source: Drum Cussac

07/04/2014 (Israel) – Clashes broke out on Friday, 4 July as dozens of Palestinian youths tried to break through a police blockade at the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem’s Old City, according to media reports. The rioters threw stones at police, who used “riot-control measures” to disperse the gathering. 

Fighting was also reported in the nearby neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud, a mainly Palestinian neighbourhood in east Jerusalem. Users of social networking site Twitter reported large crowds partaking in the funeral procession in the Shuafat neighbourhood, with unconfirmed reports of tear gas used on procession-goers.

In another incident, a teenager was lightly injured when rock-throwers attacked a bus travelling through Wadi Ara, a Palestinian village located 38km (23 miles) south of the city of Haifa. 

Security remains tight in east Jerusalem, with thousands of police deployed to the area to maintain order for the funeral of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khder, who was found murdered on 2 July. Violence has occurred between Palestinian protesters and police for two straight days since the discovery of Khder’s body in the nearby Jerusalem Forest. 

Unrest, including clashes with police and rioting, is likely to continue in the coming 12-24 hour period in the Palestinian neighbourhoods of Shufat, Beit Hanina, Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan and Issawiya, as well as in the vicinity of the Temple Mount compound. Unrest will likely see protesters attempting to block streets as well as throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at police, while security forces will use force to quell the unrest. There is potential for live ammunition to be used as a crowd control measure in the event rioting escalates to untenable levels. Movement restrictions in east Jerusalem may also be applied with short notice as an effort to rein in rioting. 

The majority of unrest is likely to be contained to Palestinian neighbourhoods in east Jerusalem and in the Old City, and it is unlikely that violence or rioting will directly target foreign nationals. The majority of violence is likely to target security forces and facilities representing Israeli authority. Despite this, travellers in Jerusalem, particularly the Palestinian neighbourhoods in the east, are advised to limit movement and remain in a safe, pre-approved accommodation in the coming 24-48 hour period. Avoid all forms of public gathering for risk of exposure to incidental violence. Adhere to the directives of authorities at all times.

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