U.S. points Israel journey warning for workers amid Iran assault fears | EUROtoday

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The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem issued a safety warning to authorities staff and their households, imposing journey restrictions on their actions, as Israel braces for an Iranian assault in retaliation for an airstrike in Syria that killed high Iranian army officers.

The alert, which doesn’t explicitly point out Iran, was issued as leaders in Tehran vowed to reply to an Israeli strike this month close to Iran’s embassy within the Syrian capital, Damascus, which has stoked fears of widening battle in a area on edge.

“Out of an abundance of caution, U.S. government employees and their family members are restricted from personal travel outside the greater Tel Aviv, … Jerusalem, and Be’er Sheva areas until further notice,” reads the U.S. Embassy safety alert, issued Thursday.

The assault killed two senior members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and 5 different officers, Iran stated.

While Israel has not publicly claimed duty, U.S. officers instructed The Washington Post that Pentagon officers have been pissed off that Israel didn’t notify the United States earlier than the April 1 strike, which they assess will increase dangers to U.S. forces within the Middle East.

Iran’s supreme chief, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated Israel could be “punished” and “regret this crime.” With Israel’s army on excessive alert final week, Israel has vowed to strike again at Iran “if Iran attacks from its territory.”

The head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, visited Israel on Thursday, a Pentagon spokesperson stated, because the allies coordinate on making ready for Iran’s promised counterstrike. President Biden has repeated that the U.S. dedication to Israel in opposition to threats from Iran and its allies is “ironclad.”

“The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem reminds U.S. citizens of the continued need for caution and increased personal security awareness as security incidents often take place without warning,” the alert stated. “The security environment remains complex and can change quickly depending on the political situation and recent events.”

The April 1 strike close to a diplomatic compound — historically exempted from hostilities — was seen as an escalation in Israel’s multi-front battles in opposition to Iranian-backed teams within the area, which have intensified throughout its battle in Gaza.

The United States has beforehand issued journey warnings through the battle, and a uncommon “worldwide caution” advisory to all Americans abroad in October, citing “the potential for violence and increased tensions” globally.

Confrontations in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen simmered between Iranian-backed teams and Israel or the United States. Analysts have stated Tehran should hope to keep away from being pulled right into a expensive battle, whereas sustaining assist for allies which have traded hearth with Israeli forces or attacked Israel’s important backer, the United States, within the area, The Post reported.

U.S. and different officers, talking on the situation of anonymity to debate delicate intelligence issues, stated earlier this month they anticipated Iran might reply with assaults on Israeli targets, calculated to avert an excellent greater Israeli response, The Post reported. Yet they acknowledged the potential for miscalculation in such a risky surroundings.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated Thursday that the Biden administration has “communicated to Iran that the U.S. had no involvement in the strike” in Syria. She stated the administration warned Tehran not “to escalate further in the region or attack U.S. facilities or personnel.”

Kareem Fahim and Susannah George contributed to this report.