Israel to protest U.S. travel advisory

Israel to protest U.S. travel advisory

JERUSALEM — Israel will protest a U.S. travel advisory — in the wake of rocket attacks on Eilat and Akaba — that does not mention Jordan.

Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov told reporters that he will meet with the U.S. ambassador to Israel, James Cunningham, to find out why the advisory issued last Friday singles out Eilat but not Akaba.

Five rockets were fired Aug. 2 from Sinai on Israel and Jordan, killing one and injuring three near a hotel in Akaba. Egypt and Israel have accused Hamas of firing the missiles.

The U.S. State Department warning advised Americans to avoid travel to Israel, as well as the West Bank and Gaza. It warns Americans in Israel to be aware of the nearest bomb shelter when visiting Eilat and southern Israel.