Several United States embassies throughout the Middle East are warning of backlash that they labeled potentially violent in response to the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel.
The many alerts come as Palestinian top officials and leaders encouraged demonstrations worldwide and called on fellow Palestinians to carry out three days of rage.
The U.S. embassy in Jordan posted a security warning that told all U.S. citizens that the decision by Trump might cause an outbreak of protests that have the potential of becoming violent.
The embassy’s statement urged U.S. citizens to avoid any large gatherings as well as be very observant of your surroundings as tensions will rise across the region.
The U.S. embassy in Jordan is located in the capital of Amman and temporarily has suspended all public services, and has instructed its personnel to maintain low profiles.
The embassy also temporarily suspended all travel for its personnel outside Amman, and U.S. officials’ children were told not to attend their schools Thursday.
The U.S. embassy in Turkey, located in the capital of Ankara, stated it has become aware of the plans of several different groups to stage large scale public protests. It urged citizens from the U.S. to avoid areas that have large gatherings, in particular around Ankara, Adana and Istanbul based U.S. outposts,
The embassy statement in Turkey said that even gatherings that were intended to remain peaceful could become confrontational and violence could then escalate.
The U.S. embassy based in Egypt said the announcement by Trump generated substantial media attention, and that Americans living in Egypt were urged to remain vigilant.
The United States State Department warned its embassies around the world to increase their security.
U.S. Marine units have been placed on call if additional security is required in different capitals across the globe.
A spokesperson for Central Command said they had a contingency plan in place in case there was violence that breaks out in the area of any of its operations.
Several leaders in the Middle East expressed opposition to the decision by Trump and do not accept the claims of Israel to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II in a conversation over the phone with President Trump said that the decision by the U.S. president would cause dangerous repercussion in both security and stability within the entire region.