Perhaps it is a good time for a shameless plug for STEP, the Smart Travel Enrollment Program for American Citizens traveling abroad.
Please register with the local (and friendly) American Citizen Services Unit online to receive local updates about situations on the ground & for better assistance in the case of an emergency.
Information can be provided here.
In one of my favorite novels, every time Brooklyn gang boss 'Kid Sally' Palumbo leaves the house his saintly grandmother, Big Mama, calls after him "you watcha you ass!" That's excellent advice, and it ought to be stamped on every U.S. passport.