Americans in Israel on high terror alert

Sunday, July 15, 2007 |  by Staff Writer  

The US State Department on Saturday issued a warning that intelligence information indicates Americans and American-linked buildings are now prime targets for Palestinian terrorism in Israel and the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories.

“The Israeli authorities are concerned by the continued threat of suicide attacks,“ read the statement. “The US government has received information that American interests might be targeted for terrorist attacks.”

The warning made special mention of American institutes, restaurants and businesses in Jerusalem, reported Ynet.

In line with the warning, American tourists visiting Israel have been told to “remain alert and watchful, and exercise discretion in restaurants, coffee shops, malls, work places and theaters.” Tourists were also cautioned against congregating in large groups in public places.

US embassy and consular staff were ordered to avoid Jerusalem's Old City at night and on Fridays (the Muslim day of prayer). They were also forbidden to travel through Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), except for critical diplomatic missions.

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