November 18, 2019 / 8:23 PM / 18 days ago

U.S. embassy in Jerusalem issues travel warning after Pompeo's settlement announcement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday warned Americans about travelling in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, soon after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the United States was softening its position on Israel’s Jewish settlements.

“The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in or considering travel to or through Jerusalem, the West Bank, or Gaza to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness in light of the current environment,” it said in a statement. “Individuals and groups opposed to the Secretary of State’s recent announcement may target U.S. government facilities, U.S. private interests, and U.S. citizens.”

Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chris Reese

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