IDF Drops Leaflets in Gaza, US Embassy Suspends Consular Services
As the IDF continues to perform tactical hits on specific locations in Gaza to target Hamas, it also continues to drop leaflets into Gaza, warning residents to distance themselves from Hamas operatives to avoid endangering their lives. In Tel-Aviv, the US Embassy suspends consular services.
The most recent leaflet reads: "Important Message to Gaza Strip residents: Hamas is playing with fire and endangering your lives for naught. The IDF is proceeding to the next phase. For your own safety, we ask you to adhere to our instructions and distance yourselves from Hamas operatives and infrastructure. Sincerely, THE IDF."
One Israeli in Southern Israel wryly tweeted the following on Sunday: "I think Hamas just dropped leaflets in my neighborhood warning me of incoming rockets. Oh wait, no they didn't."
Live-war-blogger The Muqata who has been reporting of rocket incidents, attacks, and announcements in Israel in real time, reported that the USA Embassy in Tel Aviv is suspending consular services tomorrow, Monday Nov 19:
The U.S. Embassy will be operating at reduced staffing levels on Monday, November 19, and routine consular services are being suspended for that same day. Embassy families have been instructed to keep their children home from schools in areas south of Herzeliya. Embassy personnel from Beer Sheva have temporarily been relocated to Herzeliya. Non-essential official travel by Embassy staff to the south of Israel remains prohibited.
U.S. citizens are encouraged to exercise caution and take appropriate measures to ensure their safety and security in light of the escalating level of violence in Gaza and Israel. U.S. citizens should pay close attention to their surroundings and news reports, and follow the civil defense guidance provided by the Home Front Command. The Government of Israel’s Home Front Command website provides information on how to choose a secure space or room in a home or apartment. Visitors may also seek information on shelters from hotel staff or building managers. Please click here for further emergency preparedness guidance provided by the Home Front Command. read more here
On Sunday, Israeli radio also reported that in response to increasing tensions in the Middle East, New York police is increasing security on Synagogues in the city. Other American cities may be following in their wake.
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