US State Dept: Travel warning for ‘occupied’ Golan Heights


In response to the Iranian backed rocket attack from Syria on Thursday, U.S. State Department warns American citizens about travel to Northern Israel, including the “occupied” Golan Heights, that Israel annexed in 1981.

BY Yoni Hersch & Israel Hayom Staff


Following Thursday’s rocket fire from Syria, the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for several parts of northern Israel, including what it called the “occupied” Golan Heights.

Israel took control of the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967. Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, a move not recognized internationally.

An IDF vehicle in the Golan Heights, Thursday – Photo: Eyal Margolin/JINI

A message published on the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv’s website on Friday said, “Due to the launching of rockets from Syria toward Israel and other cross-border activity in northeastern Israel and northern Golan Heights on August 20 and 21, we urge U.S. citizens to carefully consider and possibly defer travel in the Upper Galilee area of northern Israel and the northern part of Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, until the situation stabilizes.

“The embassy continues to closely monitor the security situation and advises U.S. citizens to visit the website of the government of Israel’s Homefront Command for further emergency preparedness guidance. Recent events underscore the importance of situational awareness. We remind you to be aware of your surroundings at all times, to monitor the media, and to follow directions of emergency responders.”


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