Biden Orders Americans to Evacuate

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – The State Department released a new travel advisory allowing all “non-emergency U.S. government personnel” and their families to leave the West Bank, Israel, and Gaza. The authorization was given on Saturday well after the escalation of the conflict in the region began.

In the advisory, the Biden administration noted that it was possible that terrorist groups and extremist individuals could be preparing to launch attacks against Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank. They added that these attacks could occur with little to no warning and could target public locations, transportation hubs, and even government facilities in the area.

Israel is also preparing to launch a ground offensive against Gaza, which is the area where Hamas, a Palestinian militant group, operates. Palestinians in the region were given 24 hours to evacuate. This escalation occurred after last week’s surprise attack led by Hamas against Israel which resulted in the death of thousands of Israelis, while many others were injured or taken hostage.

Following the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Israel would retaliate until all those taken hostage were released. The conflict has resulted in over 1,900 people from both sides losing their lives, including 27 Americans.

John Kirby, the White House national security spokesperson, announced previously that President Biden had directed the government to assist American citizens who were trying to leave Israel. On Friday, a charter flight traveled to Israel in order to help assist American citizens and their family members in returning to the United States. Kirby revealed that they were also looking into sea travel alternatives that could be used.

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