Kuwait, Egypt, US, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain issue warnings to citizens in Lebanon

Anti-government protesters clash with riot policemen on a road leading to the government house in downtown Beirut, October 18, 2019. (AP)

The embassies of Kuwait, Egypt, the US, and Saudi Arabia in Lebanon have asked their citizens on Friday to avoid crowds amid protests against the country’s government.

“The embassy also calls on citizens currently in Lebanon to take utmost care and stay away from crowds and demonstrations,” the Kuwaiti Embassy said in its tweet.

"The embassy calls on all Egyptian citizens in Lebanon to avoid the areas of gatherings and protests, to be careful in their movements and to abide by the instructions of the Lebanese authorities in this regard," Egyptian state news agency MENA said.

Meanwhile, due to the road closures and unrest, the US Embassy has temporarily restricted off-compound movement of its personnel and instructed its citizens in the country to avoid crowds and areas of demonstration.

Saudi Arabia also instructed its citizens to quickly communicate with it for preparations to leave Lebanon.

Bahrain foreign ministry called on its citizens in Lebanon to leave immediately, the ministry said in a tweet..

Protesters across Lebanon blocked roads with burning tires on Friday and thousands marched in Beirut, calling on the government to resign over an economic crisis.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:56 - GMT 06:56