Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location:  Gaza, Southern Israel

Event:  Rockets continue to impact the Gaza periphery, the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon, and areas across southern Israel.  U.S. government employees and their family members are temporarily restricted from personal travel to and through areas with active red alert sirens or rocket activity, as the situation remains unpredictable.  Personnel currently living or working in these areas are advised to remain close to a protected space.  U.S. government personnel continue to be prohibited from travel to Gaza and areas in close proximity to Gaza.

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.  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