State Dept Warns Americans Visiting Lebanon to Avoid Syria Borders, Israel Blue Line

Published September 5th, 2018 - 07:11 GMT
View of the Faraya village in Lebanon (Shutterstock/File Photo)
View of the Faraya village in Lebanon (Shutterstock/File Photo)

The U.S. Department of State renewed its travel advisory for Lebanon, calling Americans to reconsider their travels to the country, warning of terrorism, armed conflict and crime.

The advisory, renewed Tuesday, specifically warns those visiting Lebanon to avoid borders with Syria and the blue line with Israel, as well as refugee camps.

“U.S. citizens should reconsider or avoid travel to certain areas in Lebanon because of the threats of terrorism, armed clashes, kidnapping and outbreaks of violence, especially near Lebanon’s borders with Syria and Israel,” the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs warned.

 

 

The advisory also warns against potential terrorist attacks, which it said can be carried out “with little or no warning,” targeting tourist destinations and gathering hubs.

In 2015, a twin bombing in the southern suburbs of Beirut killed 43 people and injured more than 200. Although the Burj al-Barajneh was the last successful terrorist attack in the country, several attempted attacks have been intercepted by Lebanon’s security agencies.

Last year, a joint operation by the Lebanese Army and the Internal Security Forces foiled a suicide attack in a coffee shop in Beirut’s Hamra Street, an area popular among both locals and tourists.

The U.S. travel advisory for citizens is renewed every six months.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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