(DCWatchdog.com) – HAPPENING NOW: In a rare move underscoring the growing global tensions and the threat to the United States, the US Department of State issued a global warning to Americans worldwide, spurred by the recent Islamist terrorist attack on Israel and pro-terrorist violent rallies in many countries.
At least 30 Americans and over 1,400 other civilians perished on October 7, when the Palestinian Islamist terrorist group Hamas invaded Southern Israel from the Gaza Strip.
The attack immediately rekindled the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with many suspecting the involvement of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a long-standing enemy of the United States and Israel, now backed by Putin’s Russia.
On Thursday, the State Department released a Worldwide Caution Security Alert, advising US citizens abroad to “exercise increased caution.”
This alert, the fifteenth warning for Americans in the last ten years, is due to concerns about possible violence targeting places like US embassies.
Last week, after Hamas killed over a thousand civilians and kidnapped hundreds of others, the US State Department issued a security warning for Americans in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.
“Worldwide Caution: Due to increased tensions in various locations around the world, the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations or violent actions against US citizens and interests, the Department of State advises US citizens overseas to exercise increased caution,” reads the official statement.
“The situation in Israel is still unpredictable. Mortar and rocket fire may take place without warning,” US officials stated, as cited by The Washington Times.
Americans traveling or living abroad are encouraged to be particularly cautious in areas popular with tourists.
They are also advised to sign up for the government’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, which provides valuable information and can help locate individuals during emergencies.
Due to the Israel-Hamas war, tensions have risen, prompting protests at various US and Israeli embassies globally, notably in countries like Tunisia, Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, and Morocco.
A significant catalyst for these protests was an explosion in a Gaza City hospital, which led to numerous casualties. There have been conflicting reports and blame between Israeli and Palestinian authorities regarding the explosion.
President Biden has supported Israel’s stance, stating that they were not responsible for the explosion and pointing to US military data that suggests Gaza militants played a role.
The last worldwide US travel was in 2022, following the death of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.