US calls on citizens to avoid travel to Lebanon

US warns its citizens to refrain from travelling to Beirut amid ongoing security concerns over sudden outbreaks of violence

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

People seen gathered around the damaged site which was struck by twin explosions in Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon November 12, 2015.

The US State Department on Friday urged US citizens to avoid all travel to Lebanon "because of ongoing safety and security concerns."

It also advised US citizens living and working in Lebanon that they should "understand that they accept the risks of remaining in the country and should carefully consider those risks."

"Sudden outbreaks of violence can occur at any time in Lebanon, and armed clashes have occurred in major cities," the State Department said in a statement, adding that the Lebanese government could not guarantee the safety of US citizens there.

It cited cross-border conflicts with Syria and Israel, anti-Western violence, suicide bombers and kidnapping, among other risks.