Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Lebanon: US Department of State Urges US Citizens to Defer Travel, Leave Country If There

COMMENT: The US Department of State urges US citizens to avoid ALL travel to Lebanon because of current safety and security concerns. 

US citizens living and working in Lebanon should understand that they accept risks in remaining and should carefully consider those risks. On September 6, the Department of State drew down non-emergency personnel and family members from Embassy Beirut due to potential threats to US Mission facilities and personnel.

The potential in Lebanon for a spontaneous upsurge in violence remains. Lebanese government authorities are not able to guarantee protection for citizens or visitors to the country should violence erupt suddenly. Access to borders, airports, roads, and seaports can be interrupted with little or no warning. 

Public demonstrations occur frequently with little warning and have the potential to become violent. Family, neighborhood, or sectarian disputes often escalate quickly and can lead to gunfire or other violence with little or no warning. The ability of US government personnel to reach travelers or provide emergency services may be severely limited.  

The Fulbright and the English Language Fellow programs that provided grants to US scholars to live and work in Lebanon during the academic year remain suspended because of the security situation and the increased possibility of attacks against US citizens in Lebanon. 
For the complete text of the travel warning see below: