Daily Israel Report

U.S. Tells Citizens in Jordan: Be Careful

In emergency message to Americans in Jordan, U.S. Embassy says it has increased its security.
By Chana Ya'ar and Gil Ronen
First Publish: 9/13/2012, 5:10 PM

Jordanian police face price riot, Sept. 1.
Jordanian police face price riot, Sept. 1.
Reuters

The U.S. Embassy in Jordan has issued the following message to U.S. citizens:

"In light of attacks yesterday against official U.S. facilities in Cairo and Benghazi, The Embassy is carefully monitoring the security situation in Amman and throughout the country.  At this juncture, there is no information indicating that similar, violent actions will take place in Jordan.

"There are a limited number of websites that call for peaceful demonstrations in front of the Embassy over the next two days.  There are no additional details available at this time and the information has yet to be confirmed by the local authorities.  As a precautionary measure, the Embassy has increased its security presence at our facilities.

"Protests may take place elsewhere in Amman and in other cities in Jordan.  U.S. citizens should avoid areas where demonstrations are ongoing.  As a reminder, spontaneous and/or planned demonstrations occur in Jordan from time to time in response to world events or local developments.  We remind U.S. citizens that protests intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  We therefore urge U.S. citizens to avoid areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within their vicinity.  As always, please be aware of your surroundings and monitor local media.

"The Embassy advises U.S. citizens to maintain valid travel documents and enroll with the Department of State through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

"The U.S. Embassy in Amman is located on Al-Umawiyyeen Street, Abdoun, P.O. Box 354.  The telephone number is [962] (6) 590-6000, and the fax number is [962] (6) 592-4102.  The after-hours emergency telephone number is [962] (6) 590-6500.

"U.S. citizens traveling abroad regularly should monitor the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.  U.S. citizens should also review "A Safe Trip Abroad,” which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad.

"Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.  You can also download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays)."