US Embassy in Egypt issues security alert of heightened Mideast tensions

Ahram Online , Thursday 9 Jan 2020

The warning comes days after the killing of an Iranian military commander in Iraq by a US drone strike

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A file photo of the US embassy in Cairo (photo: Reuters)

The US Embassy in Cairo has issued a security alert warning US citizens of "heightened tensions" in the Middle East, days after a US drone strike killed an Iranian military commander in Iraq.

The alert issued on the embassy website Wednesday called on US citizens to keep a low profile, be aware of surroundings, stay alert in locations frequented visited by tourists, and review personal security plans and have up to date travel documents easily accessible.

The embassy did not mention specific events but said it "will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed."

US-Iran tensions have escalated in recent days after a US air strike in Iraq 3 January killed Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s paramilitary Quds Forces, in what represents a major escalation in Washington’s conflict with Tehran.

Iran responded Tuesday by launching missile attacks against two Iraqi bases that host US military and coalition forces.

On Wednesday, Iraq’s military said two Katyusha rockets fell inside the Green Zone, the section that contains the US Embassy in Iraq, and other embassies of Western nations and foreign businesses, according to Reuters.

There were no casualties, according to the statement from Iraq’s military.

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