US State Department Issues “Do Not Travel” Advisory for Lebanon

The United States State Department has issued a “do not travel” advisory, citing “the unpredictable security situation related to rocket, missile, and artillery exchanges between Israel and Hizballah or other armed militant factions.”

“Large demonstrations have erupted in the wake of recent violence in Israel and Gaza.  U.S. citizens should avoid demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests as some of these have turned violent. Protesters have blocked major roads, including thoroughfares between downtown Beirut and the area where the U.S. Embassy is located, and between Beirut and Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport,” the advisory added.

Tonight, protestors clashes with local security forces in front of the American Embassy in the wake of the Arab Baptist Hospital explosion in Gaza, which has left at least 500 civilians dead. Palestinian, Hamas, and Hezbollah officials have accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike on the location, however, the IDF claims a PIJ rocket misfire is to blame.