U.S. citizens are encouraged to exercise caution and take appropriate measures to ensure their safety and security in light of the escalating level of violence in Gaza and southern Israel. U.S. citizens should pay close attention to your surroundings and news reports, and follow the civil defense guidance provided by the Home Front Command. U.S. embassy personnel stationed in areas near Gaza have been instructed to curtail all non-essential travel and to shelter in place for the next 24 hours. Visitors and U.S. citizens living in Israel should also familiarize themselves with the locations of their nearest bomb shelters (often referred to as secure or protected rooms). The Government of Israel's Home Front Command website provides information on how to choose a secure space or room in a home or apartment. Visitors may also seek information on shelters from hotel staff or building managers.
Updated information on travel and security in Israel may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
HTH will continue to assist members experiencing any medical issues with securing appointments at contracted facilities. Please contact HTH at +1.610.254.8771 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.