BEIRUT: Bahrain late Friday urged its citizens against travel to Lebanon and for those in the country to leave immediately, citing concerns of the growing impact the Syrian war is having on its tiny neighbor.
“The Foreign Ministry calls on Bahraini nationals to avoid travel to Lebanon at the present time given current events in the region and urges nationals currently [in Lebanon] to leave immediately,” according to the Bahrain News Agency.
“This warning comes based on the ministry’s concern for the safety of citizens and urges everyone to abide by the [original] call in May which is being renewed today with the growing concern of the impact from the Syrian crisis on Lebanon,” the agency added.
In May, Bahrain was among several Arab states to issue travel advisories for Lebanon in light of deadly clashes in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.
On Friday, Kuwait took measures to evacuate its citizens from Lebanon and the United Kingdom warned against traveling to the country amid a deterioration of the security situation.
The security situation in Lebanon, linked to the crisis in Syria, has been deteriorating, with a recent spate of car bombings in Beirut’s southern suburbs and Tripoli.
The measures also come as the U.S. stepped up threats against the regime of President Bashar Assad over an alleged chemical weapons attack outside the Syrian capital last week.