Kuwait urges its citizens to leave Lebanon


Kuwait urged its citizens on Sunday to avoid travel to Lebanon and those already there to leave “as soon as possible” .

“Due to the unstable situation in Lebanon and the expected consequences… a foreign ministry official urged citizens to exercise caution and to cancel travel to Lebanon at present,” the KUNA news agency cited an official statement as saying.

The travel warning comes hours after two rockets hit a stronghold of Shiite militia Hezbollah in the capital Beirut wounding four people a day after Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah vowed to achieve victory in neighbouring Syria.

It was the first time the Lebanese capital’s southern suburbs have been targeted during the two-year-old conflict in neighboring Syria, whereHezbollah has thrown its military might into the regime’s fight against rebels seeking to topple President Bashar Assad.

Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis travel to Lebanon every year, mainly in the summer to escape the scorching heat of the desert , where temperatures in the shade hover around 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) .