US urges Americans to avoid Lebanon travel after bombings
The United States urged its citizens Friday to avoid traveling to Lebanon, after deadly bombings in Beirut claimed by the Islamic State group.
"Sudden outbreaks of violence can occur at any time in Lebanon, and armed clashes have occurred in major cities," the State Department said, warning of risks in this politically fragile country bordering war-wracked Syria.
The 12 November attacks hit a busy shopping street in Burj al-Barajneh, a suburb where the Shia movement Hezbollah is popular. A total of 44 people were killed.
It was the largest IS attack ever in Lebanon, and among the deadliest bombings to hit the volatile country in decades.
"The Department of State urges US citizens to avoid all travel to Lebanon because of ongoing safety and security concerns," the State Department travel notice read.
"US citizens living and working in Lebanon should understand that they accept the risks of remaining in the country and should carefully consider those risks."