Update on Vehicular Terrorist Attack, Light Rail Restrictions, and Expected Clashes in Jerusalem

A terrorist attack occurred yesterday near French Hill’s Light Rail Station, killing an infant and injuring several pedestrians.

U.S. government personnel are now restricted from using Light Rail stations north of French Hill for the next 30 days.  This restriction will be reviewed after 30 days.

Yesterday’s attack led to vocal demonstrations and violent clashes last night in several East Jerusalem neighborhoods, including  Shu’fat, Beit Hanina, Mt. of Olives (near Hebrew University), As Suwaneh neighborhood, Izariyeh Village, Silwan, Shu’afat Refugee Camp, Old City (Lions Gate), Issawiyeh, Sur Baher (south of Arnona), Qalandiya Check Point, at the entrance of Al Ram (east of Qalandiya), and other locations.

The Israeli National Police (INP) continues to have a heavy presence in areas of East Jerusalem where there were clashes.  Additional clashes are anticipated this evening.  INP continues to restrict vehicular traffic to some of East Jerusalem neighborhoods.  We advise you against entering any neighborhoods restricted by INP and to avoid locations where there are active clashes.

The current dynamic security environment underscores the importance of situational awareness, especially in crowded public places that may have minimal overt police presence.

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.