United States Consulate General Jerusalem
July 21, 2017
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Amman and Unrest on Desert Highway
This is a retransmission of a U.S. Embassy Amman Security Message for U.S. Citizens sent out the evening of July 20, 2017.
U.S. Embassy Amman received reports of planned demonstrations following noon prayers in Amman on Friday, July 21, 2017, in response to the ongoing situation at al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. One location identified is the Al-Husseini Mosque. You may expect to see an increased police and security presence in and around Amman. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
Due to reported unrest along portions of the Desert Highway (HWY 15), U.S. Embassy Amman urges travelers to avoid travel on the Desert Highway between Ma’an and Aqaba, which also includes a popular route to Wadi Rum. Embassy Amman personnel have been temporarily prohibited from travelling on this route and instructed to use the Dead Sea Highway as an alternative route. Travelers or visitors should adhere to Jordanian police and public security personnel guidance in the impacted areas.