U.S. warns citizens against travel to Lebanon

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The U.S. State Department on Monday urged American citizens to avoid all travel to Lebanon due to safety and security concerns.

Also, “U.S. citizens living and working in Lebanon should understand that they accept risks in remaining and should carefully consider those risks,” the department said on its website.

“Lebanese government authorities are not able to guarantee protection for citizens or visitors to the country should violence erupt suddenly,” it added.

Access to borders, airports, roads, and seaports can be interrupted with little or no warning, and the ability of U.S. government personnel to reach travelers or provide emergency services may be severely limited, the department said.

Lebanon has been experiencing a political and security vacuum since March, after the surprise resignation of Prime Minister Najib Mikati, which was partly prompted by his cabinet’s refusal to extend the internal security chief’s mandate.

The conflict in Syria has exacerbated tensions in Lebanon.

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