Embassies tighten travel warnings for Lebanon

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Several embassies have tightened travel warnings for Lebanon, advising their nationals to avoid parts of the country due to unrest in neighbouring Syria and the kidnapping of a group of Estonians.

The British embassy now advises its nationals to avoid travel to Lebanon’s eastern and southern borders with Syria following incursions by Syrian troops into the country.

“We advise against all but essential travel to anywhere within five kilometres (three miles) of the border with Syria,” reads the travel warning updated on Wednesday.

“There have been a number of incidents where Syrian troops have crossed into Lebanon at various points on the border,” it adds. “These incursions have been unpredictable and violent.”

Embassies including those of the United States, Australia, Britain, Canada and France have also warned of the risk of abduction in Lebanon after seven Estonian nationals were kidnapped at gunpoint in the Bekaa Valley in March.

The Estonians were released unharmed in July and some of their abductors were killed in a police raid last month.

The U.S., Canadian and Australian embassies also cite in their warnings the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, a UN-backed court which has charged four Hezbollah operatives with the 2005 assassination of ex-premier Rafiq Hariri.

“U.S. citizens in Lebanon should monitor ongoing political developments, particularly in relation to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, as Lebanese political leaders have warned publicly that the tribunal’s findings could spark civil unrest,” reads a travel advisory issued by the U.S. embassy on Thursday.

France now also includes in its list of areas to avoid the popular city of Sidon in the south after UN peacekeeping troops were the target of a roadside bomb there in July as well as the northern port city of Tripoli.

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9 responses to “Embassies tighten travel warnings for Lebanon”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    There go the last tourists … 🙁

    1. Me thinks somethings coming big time my friend…..Regional implications aside, my country is coming for Iran.
      Before winter I think

  2.  Avatar

    There go the last tourists … 🙁

    1. Me thinks somethings coming big time my friend…..Regional implications aside, my country is coming for Iran.
      Before winter I think

    2. Me thinks somethings coming big time my friend…..Regional implications aside, my country is coming for Iran.
      Before winter I think

  3. MeYosemite Avatar
    MeYosemite

    Does anybody from the bloggers on this site actually live in Lebanon?

    1. i personaly dont live in lebanon and i suppose that many others dont either, but childhood for many of us is very powerfull and no doubt visualy it is a beautifull country but a hopeless country that has many idiosincrosies that make many of us not compatible with the mentality and the conflicting intrest of those  who run it.
      my views and comments are humanitarian and not patriotic,political or militant related.

  4.  Avatar

    Does anybody from the bloggers on this site actually live in Lebanon?

    1. i personaly dont live in lebanon and i suppose that many others dont either, but childhood for many of us is very powerfull and no doubt visualy it is a beautifull country but a hopeless country that has many idiosincrosies that make many of us not compatible with the mentality and the conflicting intrest of those  who run it.
      my views and comments are humanitarian and not patriotic,political or militant related.

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