After the past two days of rage, during which violent riots erupted in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the French Consulate-General to Israel has issued a travel warning to its citizens recommending they avoid visiting Jerusalem and the West Bank.
At least 2 killed during violent riots along the Gazan border Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
The French embassy in Israel on Friday sent a message warning its citizens of the danger visiting heavily populated areas in Jerusalem and the Old City of Jerusalem may pose. This warning comes against the backdrop of US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the days of rage declared by the Palestinian leadership.
“Since yesterday, protests surrounding President Trump’s declaration have sparked security incidents in Jerusalem and in the Palestinian territories,” the statement said. “The Consulate-General of France in Jerusalem recommends that the greatest precautions be taken regarding visiting these places during the day and in the coming days. It is not recommended to travel in and around the Old City and the West Bank. Rallies and street protests should be avoided.”
France’s warning to its citizens in Israel Photo Credit: Channel 2 News
Even before Trump’s declaration on Wednesday, the US State Department warned its citizens against visiting Jerusalem and the West Bank: “With widespread calls for demonstrations beginning December 6 in Jerusalem and the West Bank, U.S. government employees and their family members are not permitted until further notice to conduct personal travel in Jerusalem’s Old City and in the West Bank…We recommend that U.S. citizens take into consideration these restrictions and the additional guidance contained in the Department of State’s travel warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza when making decisions regarding their travel.”
During the violent confrontations that erupted today in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, two Palestinians were killed and about 100 were wounded. 23 of the wounded were shot with live ammunition and evacuated to hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.