Lebanon News

Saudi Arabia urges citizens to leave Lebanon

Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri speaks during a press conference in Rabieh, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia urged its citizens Thursday to leave Lebanon in light of recent bombings, the Saudi Ambassador said.

“Given the danger of the situation in Lebanon, the Saudi Embassy urged its citizens to leave the country for their own safety,” Awad Asiri told the National News Agency.

The statement was issued in light of Tuesday's twin suicide bombings outside the Iranian Embassy that killed at least 25 people and wounded over 150.

This is the second Saudi travel advisory for Saudis in Lebanon in two months after the Saudi Foreign Affairs Ministry warned its nationals in September against travel to Lebanon when the U.S. was preparing for a strike against Syria.

The embassy sent text messages to its nationals in the country, asking them to depart or remain cautious in case they decided to stay.

"Amid the current situation and the tensions, the Saudi Embassy advises its citizens to return home or remain cautious," the text message read.





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