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U.S. sends warships near Israel in case evacuation needed

Posted By admin On November 20, 2012 @ 5:49 am In Featured Stories,Tile | Comments Disabled

Barbara Starr
CNN [1]
Nov 20, 2012

Three U.S. Navy amphibious warships are returning to the eastern Mediterranean to remain on standby in the event they are needed to assist Americans leaving Israel in the coming days, according to two U.S. officials.

The officials stressed an evacuation remains an extremely remote possibility and the Obama administration is not currently planning for one. Americans who wish to leave the region now are able to do so using commercial airlines.

But the decision to send the ships even if the event is such a remote contingency underscores the growing concern about where the Israel-Gaza conflict could be headed.

“This is due diligence. It is better to be prepared should there be a need,” one official said Monday. Both officials said the ships would be used only for assisting Americans and not for any combat role.

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[1] CNN: http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/19/u-s-sends-warships-near-israel-in-case-evacuation-needed/

[2] Report: Israel Sends 2 Warships to Egyptian Border: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-israel-sends-2-warships-to-egyptian-border.html

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[4] Russia Sends Warships Off Coast Of Gaza In Response To Israel-Palestine Tensions: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-sends-warships-off-coast-of-gaza-in-response-to-israel-palestine-tensions.html

[5] Foreign Embassies in Israel Plan Evacuation, Request Gas Masks: http://www.prisonplanet.com/foreign-embassies-in-israel-plan-evacuation-request-gas-masks.html

[6] U.S. Sends Large Number of Warships and Planes to Persian Gulf: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-sends-large-number-of-warships-and-planes-to-persian-gulf.html

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