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Luxembourg issues travel warning for Israel & Palestine

09.07.2014 From our online archive
Luxembourg's Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning to anyone planning to travel to Jerusalem in light of growing tensions between Israel and Palestine.
Palestinians stand next to a destroyed house following what police said was an Israeli air strike in central Gaza Strip July 9, 2014. Israeli air strikes shook Gaza every few minutes on Wednesday, and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland in intensifying warfare that Palestinian officials said has killed at least 37 people in the Hamas-dominated enclave. REUTERS/Ashraf Amrah (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Luxembourg's Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning to anyone planning to travel to Jerusalem in light of growing tensions between Israel and Palestine.

In a press release published on Wednesday, the ministry said that the advice was issued after the abduction and death of three young Israelis and a Palestinian youth.

“Violent confrontations and riots took place and the security forces have increased their presence in several neighborhoods of Jerusalem, while the operations of the Israeli army and Palestinian security forces continue in the West Bank, particularly in the area of Hebron,” it said.

The ministry discouraged travel in Jerusalem, in the Hebron area and in major cities in the northern Western Bank until further notice.

It urged travellers to:

-avoid getting within 40 km of Gaza; -learn about the situation on the ground before travelling within the West Bank; it is advisable to avoid in particular the city Halhul, settlements and the Old City of Hebron; -exercise particular vigilance near the main checkpoints, Israeli settlements and Palestinian refugee camps; -keep away from any peaceful rally same and large gatherings of security forces, and to refrain from travel at night; -learn about the location of a shelter and follow the safety authorities of civil protection.

  Regarding consular protection for Luxembourg nationals, the Embassy of Belgium in Tel Aviv can be contacted on Israeli territory, the Consulate General in Jerusalem, meanwhile, is responsible for Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territory.   

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