US sets travel alert for Lebanon to highest level

A Lebanese protester flashes the V for victory sign on October 18 as a fire rages behind the security gate of the US embassy after clashes with security forces during a demonstration in solidarity with the people of Gaza in Awkar, east of Beirut on October 17, 2023. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
A Lebanese protester flashes the V for victory sign on October 18 as a fire rages behind the security gate of the US embassy after clashes with security forces during a demonstration in solidarity with the people of Gaza in Awkar, east of Beirut on October 17, 2023. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

The State Department has raised the travel advisory for Lebanon, urging people not to travel to the country “due to the unpredictable security situation related to rocket, missile, and artillery exchanges between Israel and Hizbullah or other armed militant factions.”

The advisory is hiked to Level 4, “Do not travel” — the highest level — from Level 3, “Reconsider travel.”

The advisory issued on Tuesday also urges people to reconsider travel to Lebanon “due to terrorism, civil unrest, armed conflict, crime, kidnapping” and the US Embassy in Beirut’s limited capacity to provide support to US citizens.

The State Department authorizes the voluntary, temporary departure of family members of US government personnel and some non-emergency personnel from the US Embassy in Beirut due to the unpredictable security situation in Lebanon.

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