The US Consulate in Jerusalem on Friday issued a travel warning for the Old City and neighborhoods in the eastern part of the city, advising that the clashes that shook the capital on Friday were likely to continue on Saturday.
A statement by the consulate warned US citizens against visiting Shuafat, Beit Hanina, Mount of Olives near the Hebrew University, the As Suwaneh neighborhood, the Shuafat Refugee Camp, the Old City, Sur Baher, the Qalandiyah checkpoint, and the entrance of Al Ram
The Old City and Shuafat neighborhood, which were declared off-limits to official US personnel and their families on Friday, remained off-limits to them on Saturday as well.
“The Consulate General continues to closely monitor the security situation in Jerusalem,” read the statement. It went on to describe the volatile situation in the city following the burial of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old from Shuafat who Palestinians believe was murdered by Israeli Jews in retaliation for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli students in the West Bank.
The consulate warned that Israeli police continue to restrict vehicular traffic along numerous roads leading to East Jerusalem neighborhoods that have seen recent demonstrations and clashes, and that the city’s light rail line was operating in a limited capacity, with no service north of French Hill.
Three light rail stations in East Jerusalem were vandalized and heavily damaged in riots on Wednesday, a day after Khdeir’s burned corpse was found in the Jerusalem Forest.
“These events underscore the importance of situational awareness,” read the statement. “We remind you to be aware of your surroundings at all times, monitor the media, and avoid demonstrations and other crowds as they can turn violent without warning.”
In February, the US State Department issued a combined travel warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, cautioning US visitors to be “aware of the continuing risks of travel to these areas, particularly to areas … where there are heightened tensions and security risks.”