Kuwaitis urged to avoid Lebanon after attack

AFP , Sunday 26 May 2013

Kuwait urges its citizens to avoid travel to Lebanon and those already there to leave as soon as possible due to the unstable situation in the country

Kuwait on Sunday urged its citizens to avoid Lebanon and those already there to leave "as soon as possible" after two rockets hit a stronghold of Shiite militia Hezbollah in the capital Beirut.

"Due to the unstable situation in Lebanon and the expected consequences... a foreign ministry official urged citizens to exercise caution and to abandon travel to Lebanon at present," the KUNA news agency cited an official statement as saying.

The foreign ministry also urged Kuwaitis already in Lebanon to leave "as soon as possible," the statement said.

The travel advisory came after two rockets hit Beirut's Shiite southern suburb wounding four people a day after Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah vowed to achieve victory in neighbouring Syria.

Hezbollah forces are battling alongside troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad as the regime confronts a more than two-year conflict seeking to topple it.

Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis travel to Lebanon every year, mainly in the summer to escape the scorching heat in the oil-rich desert Gulf emirate where the mercury hits 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit).

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