The U.S. State Department issued a rare “worldwide caution” alert on Thursday for U.S. citizens overseas amid increased tension over the . The alert advises U.S. citizens to “exercise increased caution” due to “the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests.”
Protests erupted at U.S. and Israeli embassies around the world, including those in Tunisia, Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco,in Gaza City killed hundreds on Tuesday. Israeli and Palestinian officials traded accusations over who was responsible for the devastating explosion.
President Biden backedfor the blast and said U.S. military data showed that Gaza militants were culpable.
Since the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks on Israel, the U.S. State Department has raised the advisory level for travel in Israel and the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. On Thursday, the department issued a “do not travel” alert for Lebanon, which borders Israel to the north.
The last time the State Department issued a worldwide caution was in 2022 after the death of , amid fears of anti-American violence.