US State Department updates Lebanon travel warning

Published November 26th, 2014 - 07:11 GMT

Americans are discouraged from "all travel to Lebanon” because of "the frequency of terrorist bombing attacks throughout the country,” according to a new warning issued by the United States Department of State on Monday. The warning echoed a similar notification released last August.

The Department of State, however, sounded new alarm bells, by informing citizens that all airplanes flying over Syria are “at risk.”

“As we have seen in the recent past, commercial aircraft are at risk when flying over regions in conflict. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens considering air travel overseas evaluate the route that their proposed commercial flight may take and avoid any that pass through Syrian airspace,” reads the warning, issued on Wednesday.

“U.S. government personnel in Lebanon have been prohibited from taking flights that over-fly Syrian airspace.”

In July, a Malaysia Airlines flight crashed over Eastern Ukraine, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board. According to foreign intelligence reports by several countries, it is likely that the plane was shot down by pro-Russian separatists in the region who are fighting against Ukrainian forces.

Some Syrian opposition groups have anti-aircraft capabilities, and have successfully shot down regime planes, according to a previous warning issued by the US government. American airlines have been forbidden from flying over Syria since August.

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