Lebanon: Travel update

On 12 November 2015, there were explosions in Burj-al-Barajneh, in the southern suburb area of Beirut. Reports indicate that many people have been killed and injured. The FCO advises against all travel to the southern suburbs of Beirut. Avoid this area and monitor local media for updates.

 

Frequent demonstrations continue across Lebanon due to the ongoing rubbish collection crisis. Some protests have turned violent. Security forces sometimes use roadblocks, water cannon and tear gas to manage protests. Further demonstrations could occur at short notice. You should avoid all demonstrations and monitor local media for updates.

The security situation in parts of Lebanon can deteriorate quickly. There is potential for further violence, which could restrict departure options. The ability of the British government to provide assistance with departures may be limited. Keep up to date with developments, be vigilant, follow local advice and avoid any protests or demonstrations. Roads can become blocked due to protests.

There is a high threat from terrorism. There is a high risk of attacks by Islamist extremist groups, which could be indiscriminate and affect Lebanese security authorities, checkpoints and places visited by foreigners like hotels, restaurants, tourist sites, western-style shopping centres and supermarket chains.

Security authorities are at a high state of alert and conducting security operations across Lebanon. Suspects have detonated explosions to avoid arrest and attacks could take place in areas not previously targeted. If you notice that a security operation is underway you should immediately leave the area.

You should be especially vigilant. Bystanders have been killed in a number of terrorist attacks in recent years. Attacks have involved car bombs and grenades. Further attacks are highly likely.

 

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK