Report: U.S. Embassy Issues New Warning to Nationals in Lebanon

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The U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning advisory to Lebanon over safety and security concerns, the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Wednesday.

According to a statement obtained by the daily, the U.S. embassy in Lebanon conveyed the country's warning, which called on its nationals to “take the highest precaution measures during the upcoming two weeks.”

The statement urged U.S. citizens to “avoid heading to hotels, public activities or any social event,” considering that these sites “are targets for any possible terrorist attack, in the short-term.”

The daily reported that the Embassy called on U.S. citizens “to avoid all travel to Lebanon due to safety and security concerns,” noting that “those who are currently in Lebanon “should understand that they accept the risks.”

The newspaper quoted the U.S. embassy as saying: “it might have a limited ability to reach all areas in the country.”

The Embassy urged the U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Lebanon to enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to get you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.

On December 27, ex-Finance Minister and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's adviser, Mohammed Shatah, who is a prominent critic of the Syrian regime, and seven others were killed in car bombing in the heart of the capital.

The U.S. State Department has already warned U.S. citizens on several occasions to avoid all travel to Lebanon and recommended those in the country make plans to leave.

The conflict in Syria has increasingly spilled over into Lebanon in the shape of deadly clashes and bombings.

Comments 14
Missing coolmec 01 January 2014, 15:52

a bit far fetched theory don't you think?

Thumb lebanon_first 01 January 2014, 16:19

Eh dont come. 3omrkon ma tijo. What do you come to do anyway? Export us your merchendise and make money off us. We will buy from somewhere else.

Thumb sevilla 01 January 2014, 17:06

that's what Iran said for the last 10 years!

Missing formerlebaniz 02 January 2014, 00:38

Eh yalla who cares right? to hell with tourism we don't need that, to hell with our business and financial sector, to hell with everything that has a potential of having this country an independent striving country, lets go back to the stone age, bring back the country into civil war murder each other and downplay it.

Missing greatpierro 02 January 2014, 04:01

most of those american citizens are binationals.

Thumb geha 01 January 2014, 17:11

keep running after your tail, creating fantasy stories.
m8 have lost it :)
it is going to be a funny new year.

Thumb geha 01 January 2014, 18:29

the Iranian government thanked the Lebanese government for capturing the abdallah azzam chief :)

hizbushaitan followers are seriously trying to catch their own tail.

they do not understand shit about what is going on! they need new directives especially things are going on too fast for their understanding.

next thing to happen will be receiving the order from their Iranian masters to disband.

Thumb ice-man 01 January 2014, 17:16

It appears Southern and his village are not happy the army they so dearly loved up until now is getting armed with modern weapons.

Missing VINCENT 01 January 2014, 22:48

It seems to me that the Iraqi Shiites benefited and enjoying legitimacy in government from Saddam's ouster by the hands of the U.S. I still don't think that the U.S. should have invaded. Having said that, it also seems to me that Iran is not so far behind in warmongering. I still have questions about the so called 2006 Israel/Lebanon war. If you cal it that.

Missing theobserver 02 January 2014, 11:16

unhostile Syrians warplanes ! lol !
those are the same warplanes that pounded the presidential palace in 1990

Thumb -phoenix1 02 January 2014, 13:04

It is truly laughable and truly lamentable to say the least, to note that a country like the US is dishing out another security warning to its citizens over Lebanon. Now let's make a small comparison between Lebanon and just one city in the US, in this case let's take L.A, or Los Angeles. In a period of 24 hours alone, L.A's crime rate dwarfs Lebanon's ten to one, so who is to dish out a security warning, the US or us?

Thumb lebanon_first 02 January 2014, 15:17

It is a political advisory. The day France issues a similar warning, it will be real.

Thumb -phoenix1 02 January 2014, 15:25

LF, many years ago, I had an American girlfriend, a beautiful blonde, (before marriage of course) lol. I was in the US, went to visit her and her folks in Glendale, boy, imagine jumping from my seat during lunch because two gangs were firing at each other using sub-machine guns, in one of so many daily wars between them. And I thought that Glendale was supposedly safe?!

Thumb -phoenix1 02 January 2014, 13:21

Or let's say Detroit Michigan, a bankrupt city and one in which Mr. Nabih Berri has sizable investments spread in fact all over the state of Michigan. Come now, give us a break, will you?