Possible Unrest in and Around Jerusalem Old City

Recent clashes in East Jerusalem and around the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif compound amidst calls for a “day of rage” mark an increase in tensions in and around the Old City of Jerusalem. Age restrictions have also been put in place for today’s prayers at the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif compound which creates the potential for demonstrations and clashes with Israeli National Police (INP). There will be a heavy INP presence and street closures in and around the Old City today which will create traffic congestion. The U.S. Consulate General reminds U.S. citizens to exercise a heightened sense of situational awareness at all times and to monitor local news sources.

The unpredictability of clashes in and around the Old City remains a concern and underscores the importance of constantly being aware of your immediate surroundings and the neighborhoods in which you travel. The INP will deploy in large numbers in neighborhoods that may experience a violent protest/demonstration/clash. This INP presence serves as a good indicator that a protest may occur in the neighborhood and a visible reminder to avoid the area. If INP restricts access to certain neighborhoods or adjacent roadways in police riot gear (helmets and batons), this serves as a clear indicator that clashes are ongoing in the area and it is advisable to leave the location immediately.

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