Saudi Arabia advises citizens not to travel to Lebanon: ministry

Lebanon remains on a Saudi travel list where obtaining prior permission to visit is required

  
A social distancing sign is seen on the floor as a Saudi man man wearing a face mask walks with his luggage at the King Khalid International Airport, after Saudi authorities lifted the travel ban on its citizens after fourteen months due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 16, 2021.

A social distancing sign is seen on the floor as a Saudi man man wearing a face mask walks with his luggage at the King Khalid International Airport, after Saudi authorities lifted the travel ban on its citizens after fourteen months due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 16, 2021.

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Saudi Arabia has advised its citizens not to travel to Lebanon in light of the latest security events, the foreign ministry wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

Lebanon remains on a Saudi travel list where obtaining prior permission to visit is required.

On Thursday, seven people were killed in violence in Beirut as crowds headed for a protest called by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group and its Shi'ite ally Amal.

The ministry also asked Saudi citizens currently in Lebanon to take precautions and stay away from gathering places.

(Reporting by Nayera Abdallah; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Daniel Wallis) ((Nayera.Abdallah@thomsonreuters.com;))


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