Protests possible in front of Embassy September 10, 2010
This warden message is to advise U.S. citizens to avoid the area near the U.S. Embassy today, Friday, September 10, 2010.
According to a press report on Al Jazeera, a demonstration protesting the possible Qur'an burning in the U.S. is planned at the U.S. Embassy's location in Ben Ashour sometime in the late afternoon today, after Friday prayers. The Embassy has no confirmation that such a protest is planned, but in order to ensure your safety and security, please avoid visiting the Embassy and traveling in the Jerraba Street-Ben Ashour area throughout the day.
The Department of State also issued a Travel Alert regarding the potential demonstrations worldwide in response to the planned Qur'an burning in the U.S.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located in the Ben Ashour neighborhood on Jeraba Street behind the former Libyan-Swiss Clinic. Our phone numbers are 021-337-3100 during business hours or 091-366-2696 (after-hours number for emergencies involving U.S. citizens only).
U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy's website and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs' website where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad," which includes valuable security information for those both residing and traveling abroad. U.S. citizens may also call the Office of Overseas Citizens Services in the United States for the latest travel information. The Office of Overseas Citizens Services can be reached from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday, by calling 1-888-407-4747 from within the United States and Canada, or by calling (202) 501-4444 from other countries.