US warns citizens to ‘reconsider travel’ to Lebanon especially near borders with Syria and Israel
The US Department of State has renewed a level 3 travel advisory for Lebanon, calling on Americans to reconsider their travels to the country, warning of terrorism, armed conflict and crime.
The advisory, renewed Tuesday, did not mark a change from the previous Lebanon travel warning issued by the State Department. It continued to warn American citizens visiting Lebanon to avoid borders with Syria and Israel, as well as refugee settlements.
“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 US Bureau of Consular Affairs warned.
The advisory also warns against potential terror attacks, which it said can be carried out “with little or no warning,” targeting tourist destinations and gathering hubs.
“Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Lebanon. The potential exists for death or injury in Lebanon because of the attacks and bombings perpetrated by terrorist groups. Terrorists may conduct attacks with little or no warning targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities”, the Travel Advisory warns.