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UAE asks citizens to leave Lebanon
Fire and smoke is seen at the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs January 2, 2014.  REUTERS/Jamal Sahili
Fire and smoke is seen at the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs January 2, 2014. REUTERS/Jamal Sahili
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BEIRUT: The United Arab Emirates asked its citizens Friday to leave Lebanon immediately and refrain from traveling to the country due to the deteriorating security situation.

In a statement, UAE's Foreign Ministry urged citizens not travel to Lebanon "in light of the tense security situation there."

"Citizens residing in Lebanon should leave immediately and coordinate with the embassy in Beirut to facilitate their departure,” the statement said.

The UAE’s travel advisory came weeks after Saudi Arabia issued a similar warning to its citizens in light of recent car bombings in Lebanon.

The country has been rocked by a series of bombings, mostly in the capital targeting neighborhoods where Hezbollah enjoys broad support.

On Thursday, a car bomb ripped through the Beirut southern suburb of Haret Hreik, killing five people and wounding 77.

The deadly attack came less than a week after former Minister Mohammad Shatah was assassinated in a car bomb in Downtown Beirut.

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