U.S. State Dept. Issues “Worldwide Caution” Alert

October 19, 2023

Due to increased tensions in various locations around the world, the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests, the Department of State advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution. 

The United States Department of State in an alert issued on Thursday, reflecting increased tensions in the Middle East amid the Israel-Hamas war.

Why It Matters: In its alert, the State Dept. said U.S. citizens abroad should “Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists,” “Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive information and alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency overseas,” and “Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.” Earlier this week, the U.S. updated its travel advisory for Lebanon (a country bordering Israel to the North; where U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization Hezbollah is based) to the highest level, Do Not Travel,citing “the unpredictable security situation related to rocket, missile, and artillery exchanges between Hizballah or other armed militant factions.”

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by Leah Grainery, based in Texas