US Embassy in Israel issues alert warning of heightened Mideast tensions

A new road sign indicating the way to the new US embassy in Jerusalem is seen on May 7, 2018. (AFP)

The US Embassy in Israel on Monday issued a security alert warning US citizens of “heightened tensions” in the Middle East, and highlighting the risk of rocket attacks.

The alert, published on the Embassy’s website and that of the State Department, made no mention of the killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani by a US drone strike last week, or of any specific country or group.

Headlined “Heightened Middle East Tensions” it warned of possible “security risks to US citizens abroad,” adding: “Out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy strongly encourages US citizens to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness, as security incidents, including rocket fire, often take place without warning.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01