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OSAC issues security message regarding threat to American and international schools abroad

“A recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website encouraged attacks against American and other international schools in the Middle East, including western teachers employed at these schools. That message referenced schools in the localities of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Maadi (Egypt) as examples, and these two cities as locations with high concentrations of potential targets.  The Mission is unaware of any specific, credible threat against any American school or individual in Saudi Arabia.  Nonetheless, the Mission is working with local schools identified with the United States to review their security posture.  U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Saudi Arabia should remain vigilant regarding their personal security and alert to local security developments. 

 

It is always advisable to keep your security and situational awareness levels high. Please follow these good personal security practices:

 

Avoid crowds or large gatherings when traveling in public;

 

Know where you are going and have a plan of what to do in the event you encounter demonstrations or violence;

Identify safe areas (for example police stations, hospitals, Saudi Government buildings) in your area and how to get to them quickly;

Tell co-workers or neighbors where you’re going and when you intend to return;

Minimize your profile while in public;

 

Always carry a cell phone and make sure you have emergency numbers pre-programmed into your phone such as U.S. Consulate General in Dhahran (013-330-3200), the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh (011-488-3800), and U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah (012-667-0080).  The emergency number for the Saudi Police, Fire, and Rescue is 999;

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Source:Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Int’l Schools Terror Threat

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