September 20, 1998 |
On June 12, about six weeks before the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, the U.S. Department of State posted a warning about potential "terrorist action . . . within the next several weeks" in the Persian Gulf. The posting encouraged U.S. citizens living abroad to check in with their embassies or consulates in those countries and warned U.S. citizens to check the department's public announcements, travel warnings and consular information sheets before making travel plans.
June 25, 1995 |
Middle East Israel and the Territories: A knife attack in the walled Old City of East Jerusalem led to wider violence early this month, the Reuters news service reported. A Jewish security guard was stabbed in the back by an Arab attacker, and that night several Jews smashed Arab-owned shops and cars in the Old City. In another incident, seven Arabs were arrested during a clash that broke out when Palestinians taunted Jews walking to the Western Wall.
April 25, 1999 |
Worldwide The beginning of NATO airstrikes against Yugoslavia last month touched off a wave of anti-American and anti-British demonstrations, some of them violent, in several countries. Two days after the bombing began, the State Department warned of "the possibility of acts of retaliation against Americans and American interests worldwide." Although the demonstrations so far had not targeted tourist facilities or private U.S.
May 24, 1998 |
Central America Guatemala: Violence against travelers in Guatemala in recent months has included the kidnap-murder of an American woman and the rape of five Maryland college students. The Philadelphia-based AmeriSpan Unlimited, which provides Spanish-language training throughout Latin America and Spain, has compiled a list of security tips for visitors to Guatemala, including these: * Don't travel on public buses at night.
January 2, 1994 |
Africa Egypt: Terrorists attacked a tour bus in Cairo on Monday, and 16 people were wounded, including eight Austrian tourists, by the gunfire and explosives. A radical Muslim group opposed to Egypt's secular government claimed responsibility. There have been eight such attacks in the past year, leaving seven foreign visitors dead. Algeria: In response to terrorist murders of foreigners, the U.S.
September 28, 1997 |
Middle East Egypt: A tour bus parked in front of one of Cairo's most popular tourist sites was set ablaze by attackers armed with guns and firebombs. Nine German tourists and their Egyptian driver were killed in the Sept. 19 incident, and several others were wounded. The attack occurred outside the Egyptian Museum, which houses extensive Pharaonic collections, including the treasures of King Tutankhamen.
March 26, 1995 |
Asia Pakistan: Two Americans attached to the U.S. Consulate were shot to death and a third was wounded earlier this month when gunmen attacked their van on a street in Karachi. Saying it knows of "no threats to other U.S. citizens" in Pakistan, the State Department nevertheless urged all Americans there to "exercise prudent security precautions."
August 25, 1996 |
Latin America Colombia: Already red-flagged by the U.S. State Department as a risky place for Americans to travel, Colombia became the subject of a more urgent State Department warning this month. Addressing Americans who may travel in or around the city of Cali, the department said guerrillas have targeted foreigners and their businesses for possible kidnappings. All U.S. citizens in the area are advised to exercise caution. The warning, which originated with the U.S.
February 22, 1998 |
Worldwide Security alerts: Tension with Iraq and other developments in recent weeks have led the State Department to issue four separate announcements urging Americans to be especially careful outside the United States: * A New York judge on Jan. 8 sentenced Ramzi Ahmed Yousef to life imprisonment for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
August 31, 1997 |
Middle East Lebanon: The U.S. government lifted a 12-year ban that made it a crime for U.S. citizens to travel to Lebanon, but added that the country is still dangerous, and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright issued a "stern" warning urging Americans not to go there. The ban was imposed in 1985 after the hijacking of a TWA jetliner to Beirut in which an American was killed.