Location: Gaza, Southern and Central Israel
Event: Due to ongoing rocket fire in Gaza and southern and central Israel, the U.S. Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv released non-essential personnel at 10:00 a.m. Visa services and non-emergency U.S. citizen services are suspended for the remainder of the day (November 12, 2019). Services remain open at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Schools and non-essential workplaces are closed in many localities in southern and parts of central Israel, including in Tel Aviv. Security incidents can occur well beyond Gaza and its periphery and at any time.
As security incidents, including rocket fire, often take place without warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. In the event of mortar and/or rocket fire, a Red Alert siren may be activated. Treat all such alerts as real; follow the instructions from local authorities and seek shelter immediately. Know the location of your closest shelter or protected space. U.S. government personnel and their family members may be restricted from traveling to areas affected by rocket activity, sirens, and/or the opening of bomb shelters. For additional information on appropriate action to take upon hearing a siren or explosion, see the Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command website (available on devices within Israel) or view the Preparedness Information PDF (PDF 1.4 MB). U.S. citizens may also wish to download the free Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command application on Android or Apple devices to receive real-time security and safety alerts. Free commercial applications, such as Red Alert: Israel, are also available.
Actions to Take:
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Avoid demonstrations
- Monitor local media
- Follow the instructions of local authorities
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