Saudi Arabia urges citizens to leave Lebanon

Ahram Online , Saturday 5 Aug 2023

Saudi Arabia advised its citizens to leave Lebanese territory and to avoid approaching areas where there have been armed clashes, the Saudi Press Agency said on Saturday.

Ain el-Helweh camp in Lebanon
A picture shows bullet-ridden buildings at the Ain el-Helweh camp in Lebanon s southern coastal city of Sidon, on August 4, 2023, following the latest flare-up in the camp for Palestinian refugees. AFP


The Saudi embassy in Lebanon posted the statement on X, formerly Twitter.

The embassy stressed “the importance of adhering to the Saudi travel ban to Lebanon”, the statement said, but the kingdom did not specify which areas in Lebanon that it was advising its citizens to avoid.

Kuwait also issued an advisory early on Saturday calling on Kuwaitis in Lebanon to stay vigilant and avoid “areas of security disturbances” but stopped short of asking them to leave the country, according to a statement by the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry posted on X, local Kuwaiti press said Saturday.

On August 1, the United Kingdom also updated its travel advice for Lebanon, advising against “all but essential travel” to parts of Lebanon’s south near the Palestinian camp of Ain El Hilweh.

At least 13 people, most of them militants, were killed in fighting in the camp on 29 July between mainstream faction Fatah and hardline Islamists, Lebanese security sources said.

Ain El Hilweh is the largest of 12 Palestinian camps in Lebanon, hosting about 80,000 of up to 250,000 Palestinian refugees countrywide, according to the UN agency for refugees from Palestine.

On Thursday, Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister called the Palestinian president Thursday to demand an end to the volatile situation in the country’s largest Palestinian refugee camp, warning that Lebanese troops may intervene to stop the fighting that has left dozens dead and wounded.



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