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U.S. renews Lebanon travel warning
Firefighters extinguish fire from burning cars following an explosion on January 21, 2014 in Haret Hreik. AFP PHOTO/STR
Firefighters extinguish fire from burning cars following an explosion on January 21, 2014 in Haret Hreik. AFP PHOTO/STR
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BEIRUT: The U.S. Saturday renewed its travel warning for Lebanon, voicing concern over the recent spate of car bombings in the country.

“As the warning states, the Department [of State] is concerned about recent security-related incidents in the country and reiterates its long-standing advice that U.S. citizens avoid all travel to Lebanon, and carefully consider and accept risks if they do,” according to a U.S. embassy statement.

It also asked its citizens who do travel to the country to sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive the latest security updates and to follow up on Embassy news through its official social media outlets.

“The Embassy continues to work with the people and institutions of Lebanon to help ensure stability,” it added.

Lebanon has been hit by a series of car bombings mostly in the capital’s southern suburbs where Hezbollah enjoys broad support. The explosions have killed dozens of people and wounded scores more.

Some of the explosions have been claimed by radical rebel groups fighting the regime in Syria. The groups say they are retaliation to Hezbollah’s military engagement in Syria.

 
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The U.S. Saturday renewed its travel warning for Lebanon, voicing concern over the recent spate of car bombings in the country.

Lebanon has been hit by a series of car bombings mostly in the capital's southern suburbs where Hezbollah enjoys broad support.
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