Local and federal law enforcement in Washington, D.C., told on Friday they are increasing their presence in the capital as Hamas calls for a “Day of Rage” – which Israel says targets its people and the Jewish people. American cities are on alert.
The measures come as large-scale protests erupt in the Middle East, with large numbers of people flocking to countries including Yemen and Iraq to show support for the Palestinians. In Lebanon, supporters of the Hezbollah militant group chanted “Death to Israel!” In Tehran on Friday, Iranians shouted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” according to the Associated Press.
In the West Bank, Jordanian riot police also dispersed hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters trying to reach border areas, witnesses told Reuters, as thousands held anti-Israel demonstrations across the country.
U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police said that while there were no specific threats to the District of Columbia or Congress, they were increasing their visibility Friday out of an abundance of caution.
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“We are increasing security throughout the Capitol. Some of the things we are doing are visible, but for security reasons we are unable to provide the public with details about all the resources we are devoting to protecting Congress,” U.S. Capitol Police told Reporter said in a statement. “Our dedicated teams are working around the clock, coordinating with law enforcement and intelligence partners across the country to keep everyone safe.”
According to Fox5 DC, fences have been set up around the U.S. Capitol.
Metro Police said in their own statement that they are “working with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to monitor ongoing incidents around the world.”
“Out of an abundance of caution, MPD will be increasing visibility around the city and at places of worship to help keep our community safe,” it added. “MPD has been in contact with multiple community partners over the past week and we remain in touch with them. connect.”
Elsewhere, the FBI told Fox News on Thursday that it was aware of “a global call to action on Friday, October 13 that could lead to demonstrations in communities across the United States.”
“We are working closely with our law enforcement partners across the country to share information and identify and disrupt any threats that may arise,” the statement said.
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The New York City Police Department also said last night that it had “increased uniform deployment at large gatherings and cultural venues to ensure public safety.” In addition, the Los Angeles Police Department said that day that it was also evaluating the situation.
Israel’s National Security Council and Foreign Ministry said it advised all Israelis abroad to “remain vigilant, stay away from demonstrations and protests, and check with local security forces if necessary about possible protests and disturbances in the area.”
“In the context of Operation Iron Sword, the Hamas leadership calls on all supporters around the world to hold a ‘Day or Fury’… (Friday, October 13, 2023) and attack Israelis and Jews,” the agencies said in a joint statement expressed in. “It is reasonable to assume that there will be protests in various countries that could turn violent.”
“The National Security Council, the Security Services and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to take action everywhere to ensure the safety of Israeli citizens around the world,” the statement added.
Fox News’ Brooke Singleman contributed to this report.