BEIRUT: The Saudi Embassy in Beirut allocated a hotel for the Saudi citizens in the country in preparation to evacuate them from Lebanon “at the nearest opportunity.”
Following the embassy’s warning to its citizens to avoid areas where protests are held, the embassy said it allocated the Lancaster Plaza Hotel in Raouche as a gathering point for Saudi citizens in Lebanon “in preparation to take them to the airport and departure to [Saudi Arabia] at the nearest opportunity,” a tweet by the embassy said.
Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia lifted a travel warning for its citizens that had been in place since 2017.
Thousands of Lebanese have been protesting since Thursday against dire economic conditions and the government’s policies following announcements of proposed tax hikes.
Shortly after the protests started Thursday, the U.S. Embassy in Beirut issued a security alert, urging Americans to avoid areas of demonstrations and to monitor local media for updates on location and activity.
A similar warning was also issued by the Egyptian Embassy.
The Kuwaiti Embassy asked citizens planning to travel to Lebanon to wait, owing to the unrest.
"The embassy also calls on citizens currently in Lebanon to take utmost care and stay away from crowds and demonstrations," the embassy said in a tweet.