U.S. Advises ‘Caution’ For Travelers In Capital On Jerusalem Day

Israelis dance with flags during a march marking Jerusalem Day on May 17, 2015 outside Jerusalem's old city, Israel. Israel is celebrating the anniversary of the 'unification' of Jerusalem, marking 48 years since it captured mainly Arab east Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East war. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
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The Times of Israel reports: The US Consulate General Jerusalem on Saturday issued a security message cautioning against visiting the capital during Jerusalem Day Sunday and the corresponding Naksa Day, marked by Palestinians.

The consulate also warned its citizens about travel to the Old City of Jerusalem over the coming month, the Muslim festival of Ramadan.

The message, which was also posted to the US State Department consular affairs Facebook page, noted that Sunday is celebrated by Israelis as the day East Jerusalem — including the Old City and the Temple Mount — was captured during the 1967 Six Day War, placing the Temple Mount under Israeli control.

“The day is marked by ceremonies, and large gatherings, and a march through Jerusalem,” the message said. “In previous years, clashes have erupted between Israeli and Palestinian residents during marches.”

“Consulate General employees and family members are encouraged to exercise caution when traveling throughout Jerusalem, especially the Old City on Sunday, June 5. If they do travel to the Old City they are being told to avoid the use of the Damascus, Lion’s, and Herod’s Gates.”

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