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British travellers advised to be wary of Lebanon

British travellers advised to be wary of Lebanon

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has warned British travellers the political situation in Lebanon is making it increasingly dangerous there.

FCO advice warns against all travel to Palestinian refugee camps in the country, as well as to within five kilometers of the Syrian Border, and the Hermel Area, including Arsal, Baalbek.

The Bekaa Valley east of the Baalbek El Hermel High Way to the Syrian border and down to En Nabi Chit and southern suburbs in Beirut are also off limits.

The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the rest of Lebanon due to the recent upsurge in violence and wider regional tensions.

“The security situation can deteriorate quickly,” warned a statement.

“There is potential for further violence, which could restrict departure options.

“The ability of the British government to provide assistance with departures may be limited.

“British nationals should consider leaving if their presence in Lebanon is not essential at the current time.”
There may be an increased risk of anti-western sentiment linked to the possibility of military action in Syria.