BEIRUT: The United Arab Emirates Sunday warned their nationals not to stay in or travel to Lebanon in light of the dangerous security situation, according to Elnashra.com website, only a month after loosening the previous advisory.
The Gulf state called on its nationals in Lebanon to “immediately leave [the country] by contacting and collaborating with the embassy in Beirut.”
Hamad Mohammad al-Juneibi, charge d’affaires at the UAE Embassy in Beirut, said the warning “comes out of the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s concern over the safety of its nationals abroad.”
He called on all citizens to “completely adhere to this warning until any further notice [is issued].”
The warning came after a terrorist suicide bombing targeted Friday an Internal Security Forces checkpoint on the Beirut-Damascus highway at Dahr al-Baidar in east Lebanon.
The bombing, which killed a police officer and injured 33, coincided with a police raid on two hotels in Beirut's Hamra district, after security agencies received information that an Islamist group was preparing to assassinate Speaker Nabih Berri.