Countries warn against travel to Lebanon
LEBANON, Tripoli : A Lebanese soldier inspect burnt vehicles on August 24, 2013 on the site of a bombing outside Al-Taqwa mosque the day before in the northern city of Tripoli. AFP PHOTO IBRAHIM CHALHOUB
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BEIRUT: Bahrain late Friday urged its citizens against travel to Lebanon and for those in the country to leave immediately, citing concerns of the growing impact the Syrian war is having on its tiny neighbor.
“The Foreign Ministry calls on Bahraini nationals to avoid travel to Lebanon at the present time given current events in the region and urges nationals currently [in Lebanon] to leave immediately,” according to the Bahrain News Agency.
“This warning comes based on the ministry’s concern for the safety of citizens and urges everyone to abide by the [original] call in May which is being renewed today with the growing concern of the impact from the Syrian crisis on Lebanon,” the agency added.
In May, Bahrain was among several Arab states to issue travel advisories for Lebanon in light of deadly clashes in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.
The security situation in Lebanon, linked to the crisis in Syria, has been deteriorating, with a recent spate of car bombings in Beirut’s southern suburbs and Tripoli.