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US pulls military personnel from Israel, urges Americans not to travel

Added 05-14-21 09:18:02am EST - “The United States has withdrawn 120 military personnel from Israel and is advising Americans to reconsider any travel plans to the region amid an escalating bloody conflict.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “US pulls military personnel from Israel, urges Americans not to travel”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The United States has withdrawn 120 military personnel from Israel and is advising Americans to reconsider any travel plans to the region amid an escalating bloody conflict involving thousands of rocket exchanges and ground troops.

News of the personnel removal and the travel advisory came late Thursday, after the Israel Defense Forces announced that it had deployed ground forces near the Gaza Strip four days into a deadly conflict with Hamas and Palestinian militia groups.

The US staffers, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters Thursday, were from US Central Command and US European Command. The group was flown out on a C-17 military transport jet to Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

“We made this decision to remove these individuals in coordination with our Israeli counterparts,” Kirby said.

Some of the personnel were in Israel for planning purposes for an upcoming bilateral event, but ended their trip early given the circumstances.

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