State Department Tells U.S. Citizens to Leave Gaza “As Soon as Possible”

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Is there another war brewing between Israel and the Palestinians? It seems likely, given the stern warning that the U.S. State Department delivered on Tuesday, as well as some of the skirmishes that have occurred between Israel and Hamas this week.

They warned against traveling to the Gaza Strip and they urged “those present to depart as soon as possible when border crossings open.” They specified that all Americans in Gaza should cross over into Egypt or Israel, before adding “Gaza is under the control of Hamas, a foreign terrorist organization. The security environment within Gaza and on its borders is dangerous and volatile.”

The state department also advised Americans to “maintain a high degree of situational awareness,” avoid demonstrations, and to find the location of the nearest bomb shelter. Warnings against traveling to the West Bank were also posted.

Palestinian militants and Israeli forces have clashed intermittently since they went to war in 2014. It’s believed that the latest warnings issued by the State Department, are a response to a recent Palestinian rocket attack on the Israeli border town of Sderot, which resulted in Israel firing back into Gaza with 50 rockets.

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