US WARNS AGAINST EGYPT, JORDAN TRAVEL CITING TERROR THREATS
WASHINGTON, The US State Department has warned against travelling to Egypt and Jordan, citing terror attacks by the so-called Daesh as a reason.
Americans should "avoid travel" to the Western Desert and the Sinai Peninsula - where "terrorists are active" - but may still visit the beach resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, the Department said in a statement late Friday.
But while the Egyptian Government maintains a heavy security presence at major tourist sites, terrorist attacks can occur anywhere in the country, it added.
On Jordan, a separate statement said that the warning came after the Daesh "successfully conducted attacks" in the Kingdom.
"Travelers should be aware that both US and Jordanian interests have been targeted in recent attacks," including the latest incident on Dec 18, when 10 people, including a Canadian tourist and seven Jordanian security and police officers, were killed near a tourist site in Karak, the State Department said.
"Travelers to Jordan should avoid the country's border with Syria and Iraq given the continued threat of cross-border attacks," it added.
"All US government personnel on official travel must receive prior permission to visit any area within 10 km from the Jordan-Syria border, which includes the town of Ramtha."
American government employees are also not allowed to visit border areas or refugee camps.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK