Published 12:28 p.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017
- The State Department issued a worldwide warning to US citizens abroad after President Donald Trump's announcement on Jerusalem.
- "The facilities of the US government around the world remain on alert," the warning said.
- The last time a warning was issued in 2003 after the start of the Iraq war.
- Although widespread protests and unrest began, Trump's negative reaction so far has not been as severe as anticipated.
The State Department issued a "global precaution" warning hours after President Donald Trump's announcement on Wednesday that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy there.
"Around the world they remain in a state of high alert," the warning said. "These facilities may temporarily shut down or periodically suspend public services to assess their security stance, in which case, US embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to US citizens."  be aware of local developments and keep in touch with US embassies or consulates. UU
As Matt Lee, a diplomatic journalist for The Associated Press, noted on Twitter, such a warning was issued in 2003 after the start of the Iraq War when the State Department believed that an attack on citizens Americans for Al Qaeda was imminent.
Protests and skirmishes erupted on Thursday in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip where the Palestinian Authority has called general strikes. Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that both Israel and the United States consider a terrorist group, has called for a third Intifada, or uprising, against Israel.
In response to possible threats, US embassies throughout the Middle East have strengthened security measures and remain on high alert.
But compared to previous cases of mass outrage against Israel, the overall response was not as explosive as expected, according to The New York Times. As other regional crises such as the Arab Spring, ISIS and the Syrian civil war have taken center stage, the struggle for a Palestinian state has not continued to be a war cry as powerful as it once was.
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