Reaction to Killing of Jordanian Pilot

In the wake of news reports of the brutal killing of Jordanian pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh at the hands of ISIL, the U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to expect increased police and security presence throughout Jordan.  Several gatherings, including one to welcome the return of King Abdullah II at Queen Alia International Airport today, are expected.  While reports indicate that these gatherings are intended to be peaceful, they tend to block or obstruct major highways outside of cities, particularly the Airport Road/Desert Highway.  In anticipation of the King’s return, the Airport Road is expected to be extremely congested or close entirely this afternoon. Gatherings to honor al-Kasasbeh are likely to continue within cities as well.

U.S. citizens should avoid areas where gatherings or demonstrations are ongoing. Due to their nature, a peaceful gathering may suddenly turn confrontational or escalate into violence.  The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor local reaction, and will advise further as conditions warrant.

We remind U.S. citizens that these messages are also available on Twitter at@USConsulJO as well as on the Embassy’s website.

The Embassy advises U.S. citizens to maintain valid travel documents and enroll with the Department of State through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

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.

U.S. citizens traveling abroad regularly should monitor the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. U.S. citizens should also review “A Traveler’s Checklist,” which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad.

Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).