The US Navy is returning warships to the eastern Mediterranean in the event that US citizens in Israel will need to be evacuated if the Gaza conflict intensifies, CNN reported on Monday.
Two US officials said that an evacuation is a remote possibility and that US citizens interested in leaving Israel now can do so via commercial flights.
"This is due diligence. It is better to be prepared should there be a need," CNN quoted a US official as saying.
The USS Iwo Jima, the USS New York and the USS Gunston Hall had been en route from the eastern Mediterranean to the US for the Thanksgiving holiday before they were given the order to turn back around, according to the report.