State Dept. authorizes departure of non-essential personnel in Israel

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The State Department issued an updated travel advisory for Israel, Gaza and the West Bank on Saturday, authorizing the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel.

According to the advisory, the authorization of the departure of staff from the U.S. embassy and branch office in Israel reflects “the unpredictable security situation in Israel.”

Israel was expected to proceed with its ground invasion of Gaza over the weekend.