US Embassy employee dead in Jerusalem

State Department officials in Israel have discovered the “death of a direct-hire employee,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s team confirmed.

“There’s not much more I can say at this point due to privacy considerations,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters Monday. “There are steps we need to undertake, including next-of-kin notification, whenever such a terrible tragedy occurs.”

Miller emphasized that “there are no indications of foul play.” The dead employee was an American citizen, but Miller avoided revealing the person’s role or any other details of the case.

“It’s an incident that is under investigation, and I do just want to be clear. That’s a step that always happens when someone dies,” he said. “I’m sure [that] when we’ve finished next-of-kin notifications, I’ll be able to say more, but that’s not where we are today.”

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