BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia renewed Friday its travel advisory for Lebanon, citing the deteriorating security situation in the country in the wake of former Minister Mohammad Shatah's assassination in Beirut.
"Given the deteriorating security situation in Lebanon, the embassy renews its warning to its citizens against travel to Lebanon,” the embassy said in a statement.
"It also urged [Saudis] in Lebanon to return home for their own safety,” it added.
This is the third travel warning by the kingdom this year. In November, the embassy urged its citizens to leave Lebanon days after two suicide bombers attacked Iran’s Embassy in Beirut killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 150.
Shatah and five other people were killed in a car bomb blast in Downtown Beirut Friday morning as the former minister was making his way to former Prime Minster Saad Hariri’s residence where a March 14 coalition meeting was under way.