The United States Department of State issued on Sunday a revised travel advisory to Lebanon in light of recent security developments in the country and neighboring Syria . It warned its citizens who are in Lebanon to avoid even the places that were known to be safe citing reports claiming that the Casino du Liban in Jounieh and Le Royal hotel in Dbayeh could be targeted in future attacks .
“The U.S. Embassy in Beirut advises U.S. citizens in Lebanon of reports in local media on January 23, 2015 that a suspected suicide bomber confessed to authorities that future targets had allegedly included Casino du Liban in Jounieh, and Le Royal Hotel in Dbayeh.” the statement by the U.S. Department of State
It warned U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to the country.
The statement added:
The U.S. Embassy further urges all U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Lebanon due to safety and security concerns. The current travel warning can be seen at this link: Travel Warning<http://travel.state.
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Lebanon enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)<https://step.state.gov/
Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, Travel.State.Gov<http://
On January 22 the US also issued a travel warning for Israel and urged US citizens to avoid travel to the Israeli Lebanese border area