Iran is 7.5 Hours AHEAD of US east coast time. That means at the publication of this story (11:54 am), it is 8;24 PM in Iran . . . less than four hours from Tuesday.
Slain Iranian General Soleimani will be buried in his home town of Kerman, Iran, Tuesday. Once he's in the ground, Iran retaliation is expected to commence in earnest.
Location: Israel, Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza
Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions
Heightened tension in the Middle East may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy strongly encourages U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness, as security incidents, including rocket fire, often take place without warning.
In the event of mortar 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, 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 (link only 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.
The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed.
Actions to Take:
- Keep a low profile
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists
- Review your personal security plans
- Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible
- Avoid all demonstrations
- Monitor local media
- Follow the instructions of local authorities
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency.
- Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Advisories (including the Travel Advisory for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza) and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Information for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. For additional information, refer to “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.
- U.S. Embassy Jerusalem
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- U.S. Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv
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- State Department – Consular Affairs
- Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Country Information
- Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Travel Advisory
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
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A travel warning to Israel, following Soleimani’s assassination; including possibility of rocket fire that might take place without warning.
Also, Yesterday, US Embassy in Saudi Arabia issued a security alert for US citizens for "Heightened Risk of Missile and Drone attacks"
The US is presently moving an enormous number of troops into the Middle East; far more than publicly announced.
Flights that move troops are called CAMBER flights because that's their call sign. Below shows a small inkling of CAMBER flights this morning:
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