The United States issues a “global caution” alert for its citizens abroad – La Opinion

The United States issues a “global caution” alert for its citizens abroad – La Opinion


The US State Department advised on Thursday to all American citizens around the world “to exercise extra caution” due to “increased tensions in various locations around the world, the potential for terrorist attacks (and) demonstrations or violent actions against American citizens and interests.”

The issuance of the global caution alert is a significant message amid protests that have broken out across the Middle East in response to the war between Israel and Hamas, with many protesters targeting US diplomatic compounds.

State Department spokesman Matt Miller said Thursday that “We took into consideration a number of factors in making that determination” to issue a global alert.

“It’s not necessarily one thing, but everything we’re seeing around the world,” he said at a State Department briefing.

President Joe Biden’s Administration is also aware that in the coming days there will be “increased potential for violence inspired by foreign terrorist organizations against LGBTQI+ people and events.”

The alert recommends staying vigilant in places frequented by touristsincluding Gay Pride celebrations and places frequented by LGBTQI+ people, as well as Sign up for an official travel registry and keep an eye on the State Department’s social networks.

The State Department last issued a global alert in August 2022 following the assassination of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiriwarning that “supporters of Al Qaeda, or its affiliated terrorist organizations, may attempt to attack US facilities, personnel, or citizens.”

The advisory issued Thursday advises U.S. citizens abroad to “remain alert in places frequented by tourists” and to enroll in the “Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)” from the Department of State to receive information and alerts and facilitate their location in case of emergency abroad.”

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