WASHINGTON -- The State Department renewed a warning to defer
travel to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza following several violent
incidents, including the bombing of a public bus.
"Ongoing violence has caused numerous civilian deaths and
injuries, including to some American tourists," the State Dept.
said. "The potential for further terrorist acts remains high. The
situation in Gaza and the West Bank remains extremely volatile with
continuing confrontations and clashes."
The State Dept. advised Americans visiting Israel to avoid
locations such as restaurants and cafes, shopping areas and