Recently, rumors and images circulated on social media showing the American flag hoisted upside down and at half-mast above the Senate building in Washington, D.C.

According to the United States Flag Code, the American flag is flown upside down to signal a situation of extreme danger to property or life.

However, authorities did not immediately clarify whether the flag had been flown at half-mast by mistake or for some other reason.

Some users speculated that it could be an error or a manipulated image. Despite this, the situation was quickly resolved, and the flag was corrected by a member of the Capitol building staff.

It should be noted that in the context of increasing global tension, the U.S. State Department has issued a global alert, warning American citizens abroad about the growing risk of terrorist attacks and violent demonstrations, with a particular focus on protests related to the war in Gaza.

The conflict situation between Israel and Hamas has led to an intensification of security measures.

The State Department has advised American citizens abroad to exercise greater caution, warning of the potential risk of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and violent actions against Americans.

Tensions have risen following numerous clashes and demonstrations at various universities in the United States, with over 1000 arrests.

President Joe Biden emphasized that students have the right to protest, but not to “cause chaos.”

Additionally, the alert includes a specific warning for the LGBTQ community, highlighting the risks they may encounter during international events, particularly during Pride month.

This renewed security notice comes as a precautionary measure to protect individuals from “a potential increase in violence inspired by foreign terrorist organizations.”

The State Department’s alert urges U.S. citizens traveling abroad to exercise increased caution.

It advises staying vigilant in tourist-frequented areas and enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive information and alerts and make it easier to locate them in case of an emergency abroad.

The Department also encourages following its social media channels for real-time updates.

For more detailed information and the latest updates, U.S. citizens are encouraged to visit the official website of the U.S. State Department and review the Worldwide Caution notice.

It is important to stay informed and vigilant, especially during international travel in this period of global instability.