U.S. Lifts Some Travel Restrictions for Officials at Tel Aviv Embassy

As latest truce holds for now, traveling south of greater Tel Aviv area is no longer out-of-bounds for embassy employees and their families.

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Traveling south of the greater Tel Aviv area is no longer out-of-bounds for employees of the U.S. Embassy in Israel and their families, the U.S. State Department announced Monday.

As of last month, embassy employees were prohibited from traveling south of the Tel Aviv area without prior approval.

The embassy employees are still not authorized to travel south of Ashdod, and some restrictions on travel to Be'er Sheva and areas south of it remain in effect.

As a second 72-hour cease-fire appeared to hold stable but the prospect of longer-term peace remained uncertain, embassy officials were told "to be aware of your surroundings at all times, to monitor the media, and to follow directions of emergency responders."

On July 21, the State Department recommended that U.S. citizens consider deferring non-essential travel to Israel and the West Bank and reaffirmed its "longstanding strong warning to U.S. citizens against any travel to the Gaza Strip."

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