Possible Clashes or Demonstrations in Jerusalem

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens | Amman, Jordan – Embassy of the United States// // //

The U.S. Embassy in Amman distributes this security message from U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem to U.S. citizens in Jordan.

There were demonstrations and clashes this week in some parts of East Jerusalem. Additionally, entry restrictions into the Old City and onto the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount compound may further fuel tensions, particularly in the areas of Ras El Amoud, Silwan, Mt. of Olives, Issawiyeh, Wadi El Joz, Lions & Damascus Gates neighborhoods and the Old City following Friday prayers. The Israel National Police (INP) has a heavy presence, has set up roadblocks at major junctions leading to the Old City and may deploy in large numbers in neighborhoods that experience clashes. INP restricting access to certain neighborhood or adjacent roadways in police riot gear (helmets and batons) serves as a clear indicator that clashes are ongoing in the area and it is advisable to leave the location immediately.

We remind you of the possibility of ongoing clashes. These events underscore the importance of situational awareness. We remind you to be aware of your surroundings at all times, to monitor the media, to avoid demonstrations, and to follow directions of emergency responders.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings (including the Travel Warning for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza), Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. For additional information, refer to “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter at https://mobile.twitter.com/travelgov and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/travelgov.

The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem is located at 14 David Flusser Street in the Arnona neighborhood and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays and certain local holidays). Its telephone number is (972) (2) 630-4000. The U.S. Embasssy in Tel Aviv is located at 71 HaYarkon Street and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays and certain local holidays). Its telephone number is (972) (3) 519-7475. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the Consulate General is (972) (2) 622-7230, and the emergency number for the Embassy is (972) (3) 519-7575.

The U.S. Embassy in Amman is located on Al-Umawiyyeen Street, Abdoun, P.O. Box 354. The telephone number is [962] (6) 590-6000, and the fax number is [962] (6) 592-4102. The after-hours emergency telephone number is [962] (6) 590-6500.