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U.S. Department of State
97/01/02 Public Announcement: Israel, Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank
Office of the Spokesman

Public Announcement
January 2, 1997

                 Israel, Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank

On January 2, 1997, the American Embassy in Tel Aviv and the Consulate 
General in Jerusalem issued the following Warden Message:

The U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem and the American Embassy in Tel Aviv 
remind all U.S. citizens that the potential for terrorist action in the 
area remains high.  Although they have not been specifically targeted 
for attack, U.S. citizens have been killed in past terrorist actions in 
Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.

There are indications of an increased likelihood of terrorist attacks 
over the next two weeks.  U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution 
in public areas, to avoid travel on public buses, and to avoid 
congregating at bus stops.  U.S. citizens are urged to monitor the local 
news media in order to remain well informed about the situation.

U.S. citizens should contact the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem or the U.S. 
Embassy in Tel Aviv for additional information or travel guidance.

For additional travel information, consult the Consular Information 
Sheet for Israel and the Occupied Territories dated August 7, 1996.

This Public Announcement will expire on February 1, 1997.
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