On the afternoon (local time) of Friday, August 17, an Arab Israeli man reportedly attempted to stab several police officers in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem. According to a police spokesperson, the assailant was shot and killed by security forces at the scene of the incident. A heightened security presence is anticipated in Jerusalem in the coming hours and days.
Individuals present in Israel and the Palestinian Territories are advised to monitor developments to the situation. Due to the underlying terrorist threat, travelers in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip are advised to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities. Some Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and areas near the Israeli-Lebanese, Israeli-Syrian, and Israeli-Egyptian borders.
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