The following is a public announcement issued May 15 by the State Department for Americans in Saudi Arabia:

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert American citizens to a report of a possible terrorist attack in the Al Hamra district of Jeddah. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Saudi Arabia issued the following message to the American community in Saudi Arabia on May 15, 2003. This Public Announcement expires on June 15, 2003.

The U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah has received an unconfirmed report that a possible terrorist attack in the Al Hamra district of Jeddah may occur in the near future. While we cannot certify the credibility of the threat, in light of recent events this information is being shared with the American Community. Some Consulate families resident in the Al Hamra district temporarily relocated to different quarters.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.

American citizens concerned about family members in Saudi Arabia may contact the Department of State at 1-888-407-4747. From outside the U.S., call 317-472-2328.