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January 22, 2015 1:07 pm

US Issues Israel Travel Warning Over Aftermath of Airstrike in Syria

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JNS.orgThe United States Embassy in Tel Aviv on Wednesday published a warning on traveling to Israel due to the potential aftermath of the recent airstrike in Syria that killed six members of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist group. The warning also mentioned Wednesday’s Palestinian terrorist stabbing attack that injured 12 people on a bus in Tel Aviv.

“Because of concerns about security on Israel’s northern borders, U.S. government personnel are currently required to obtain advance approval if they wish to travel within 1.5 miles of the Lebanon border, or travel on or east of Route 98 in the Golan Heights. … Further, in light of the stabbing attack on a public bus in Tel Aviv on January 21, U.S. citizens are reminded that due to security concerns, U.S. government employees are prohibited from using public buses throughout Israel and the West Bank,” the U.S. Embassy said.

On Wednesday evening, a number of Israeli communities near the border with Lebanon went on alert after a number of suspicious figures were spotted approaching the border fence. Rapid response teams were mobilized, a number of roads near the border were closed, and residents of Malkia, Baram, Margaliot, Avivim, and Dovev were instructed to remain in their homes. After around an hour, the all-clear was given, and the area returned to its normal routine.

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