US embassy warns of risk of terrorist attacks during Eurovision

2019 Eurovision Song Contest: First Semi-Final Dress Rehearsal. Phot. Vyacheslav Prokofyev/TASS

The U.S embassy in Israel has issued a security alert on Monday. At the moment, the country is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

According to the diplomats, May 14, 2019, is the anniversary of the U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem, as well as related protests along the Gaza periphery. Terrorist groups may choose the anniversary, which coincides with the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv (May 14-18), or Nakba Day (May 15), to conduct violent protests or an attack, the US side warns.

The Embassy recommends people to avoid demonstrations and monitor local media. U.S. government personnel and their family members may be restricted from traveling to areas affected by rocket activity, sirens, and/or the opening of bomb shelters.

Security incidents can occur well beyond Gaza and its periphery and at any time, as demonstrated by the May 3-5 rocket attacks in southern Israel, including Ashdod, Ashkelon, and Be’er Sheva, and the March 14 and March 25 rocket attacks in Central Israel, the alert reads.

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