Embassies tighten Lebanon travel warnings

2011-10-17 15:30
Beirut - Several embassies have tightened travel warnings for Lebanon, advising their nationals to avoid parts of the country due to unrest in neighbouring Syria and the kidnapping of a group of Estonians.

The British embassy now advises its nationals to avoid travel to Lebanon's eastern and southern borders with Syria following incursions by Syrian troops into the country.

"We advise against all but essential travel to anywhere within five kilometres of the border with Syria," reads the travel warning updated on Wednesday.

"There have been a number of incidents where Syrian troops have crossed into Lebanon at various points on the border," it adds. "These incursions have been unpredictable and violent."

Embassies including those of the US, Australia, Britain, Canada and France have also warned of the risk of abduction in Lebanon after seven Estonian nationals were kidnapped at gunpoint in the Bekaa Valley in March.

Civil unrest warning

The Estonians were released unharmed in July and some of their abductors were killed in a police raid last month.

The US, Canadian and Australian embassies also cite in their warnings the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, a UN-backed court which has charged four Hezbollah operatives with the 2005 assassination of ex-premier Rafiq Hariri.

"US citizens in Lebanon should monitor ongoing political developments, particularly in relation to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, as Lebanese political leaders have warned publicly that the tribunal's findings could spark civil unrest," reads a travel advisory issued by the US embassy on Thursday.

France also includes in its list of regions to avoid the northern port city of Tripoli as well as the southern coastal city of Tyre.

It also advises its nationals not to travel near Palestinian refugee camps located on the outskirts of the popular southern city of Sidon. UN peacekeeping troops in that area were the target of a roadside bomb in July.
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