US State Department issues ‘global caution’ alert as Middle East tensions soar

Palestinian members of the civil defense and others carry a young man after being rescued from a building hit by Israeli shelling in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 19, 2023.

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WASHINGTON The US State Department issued a global caution warning on Thursday due to escalating tensions in the Middle East and elsewhere caused by the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

Citing the “possibility of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, or acts of violence against US citizens and interests,” the State Department warned Americans abroad to be extra cautious.

The State Department and the White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.

Earlier in the week, the State Dept increased its travel advisory to Lebanon and warned US citizens not to travel to the country because of “the unpredictable security situation related to the exchange of missiles, rockets and artillery between Israel and Hezbollah or other armed militants.”

The State Department has instructed US citizens seeking assistance departing from Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon to complete a crisis intake form.

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