UAE warns against travel to Lebanon
The UAE's Foreign Ministry warned its citizens not to travel to Lebanon at this time unless necessary, the state run news agency reported.
According to the ministry's Under Secretary Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed, the warning against travelling to Lebanon comes as the new year holidays are approaching and as a result of the "difficult and sensitive political circumstances in the sisterly Lebanon," WAM reported.
He urged the citizens to comply with this warning until further notice and to be cautious when travelling outside the country.
Lebanon, which borders Syrian, has seen sporadic sectarian violence spill over in the northern port city of Tripoli over the past five months. More than 20 people have been killed and scores more wounded in the area as supporters and rivals of the Syrian regime fought one another. The Lebanese army has been deployed to the area.
The violence in Syria now in its second year has claimed over 40,000 lives.
The citizens were also advised citizens travelling overseas carefully read the travel advice page at the ministry's website and to enrol in the Tawjdi service for the UAE citizens.