US warns against travel to Israel, Gaza

An Israeli army flare illuminates the sky over the Gaza strip on July 21, 2014, seen from the southern Israeli Gaza borderThe United States on Monday warned Americans against traveling to Israel and the Gaza Strip, urging them to postpone any visits amid the current conflict. “The US Department of State warns US citizens of the risks of traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza due to ongoing hostilities,” an updated travel warning said, adding it “recommends that US citizens consider the deferral of non-essential travel to Israel.” “The security environment remains complex in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, and US citizens need to be aware of the risks of travel to these areas because of the current conflict between Hamas and Israel,” the State Department warning added. Many Americans have deep ties to Israel, and two dual US-Israeli citizens were killed on Sunday fighting in the Israeli Defense Forces.

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