US State Department warns of potential terrorism abroad

JOHN F. KENNEDY AIRPORT (PIX11)  - A global travel alert has been issued and the United States government has planned a massive embassy and consulate closure Sunday oversees.

The State Department is alerting “…U.S. citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula.”

This warning comes during the busy August travel season. New Yorker Alicia Ramharack was flying abroad Saturday for work. “Not even as an American but as a traveler in general. You always want to stay alert and keep an eye open,” said Ramharack at JFK airport..

According to the State Department, more than 20 U.S. embassies and consulates are closing, primarily in Muslim countries.

Officials said there is growing intelligence that Al-Qaida could be in the final stages of planning an unspecified attack during the month of August.

“I think this closing all of these embassies in the Middle East to North Africa is in fact unprecedented. At least, I didn’t see this during my career,” said Christopher Hill, the former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq,

In New York, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the NYPD has already beefed up security. Especially at houses of worship and transportation hubs.

“There is a concern. Because of lack of specificity, we all have to a little bit more vigilant,” said Kelly.

Kelly said the NYPD is plugged into worldwide networks and they are continuing to monitor the threat.