US warns citizens from traveling to Lebanon

BEIRUT – The United States embassy in Beirut on Sunday urged American nationals not to travel to Lebanon, citing security concerns.

The U.S. embassy in Beirut "urges all U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Lebanon due to safety and security concerns," the embassy said on its website.

The embassy warned that "reports in local media on Jan. 23, 2015 [said] that a suspected suicide bomber confessed to authorities that future targets had allegedly included Casino du Liban in Jounieh, and Le Royal Hotel in Dbayeh," the embassy said.

"While the security forces of Lebanon have had a number of important successes in preventing suicide attacks, the U.S. Embassy continues to urge U.S. citizens in Lebanon to exercise heightened security awareness of their surroundings at all times," the embassy added.

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