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.
March 27, 1994 |
Middle East Israel and the Territories: The U.S. State Department warned Americans traveling in Israel to stay out of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after the Feb. 25 massacre of more than two dozen Muslim worshipers at a mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron. Within Israel itself, Americans were advised not to use public transportation and to avoid bus stops, crowds and demonstrations.
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.
April 24, 1994 |
Europe Turkey: A series of terrorist bombings in Istanbul have struck some of the city's best-known tourist sites and left two foreigners dead. In the worst attack, a bomb exploded April 2 at the 15th-Century Covered Bazaar, killing a Tunisian woman and a Spanish man and injuring 15 people, the Reuters news service reported. Ten days earlier, a bomb near the bazaar's entrance injured two Romanian women and two Turks.
July 24, 1994 |
Latin America Mexico: An American Mormon missionary and five Mexican friends were kidnaped and held for 10 hours near the city of Puebla, southeast of Mexico City, U.S. diplomats report. Their four armed captors apparently intended at first to hold them for $15,000 ransom but released them unharmed early the next morning. In Guadalajara, a powerful car bomb exploded in front of the upscale Camino Real Hotel on June 11, killing at least two people and injuring several others, according to the U.
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.