The U.S. State Department called on its citizens to "reconsider or avoid travel to certain areas in Lebanon" because of the threats of terrorism, armed clashes, kidnapping, and outbreaks of violence, adding that U.S. citizens living and working in Lebanon should be aware of the risks of remaining in the country and should carefully consider those risks.
"U.S. citizens who choose to travel to Lebanon should be aware that consular officers from the U.S. Embassy are not always able to travel to assist them," reads the new travel advisory.
"The Department of State considers the threat to U.S. government personnel in Beirut sufficiently serious to require them to live and work under strict security restrictions."
"The Lebanese government cannot guarantee the protection of U.S. citizens against sudden outbreaks of violence. Family, neighborhood, or sectarian disputes can escalate quickly and can lead to gunfire or other violence with no warning," it added.