US tells citizens in Lebanon to leave

WASHINGTON: The US has told its citizens that they should leave Lebanon “due to the unpredictable security situation” in the country.

“The State Department recommends that US citizens in Lebanon leave now, while commercial flights remain available, due to the unpredictable security situation,” it said on X.

“There is no guarantee the US government will evacuate private US citizens and their family members in a crisis situation.”

More than 19,000 people have been internally displaced in Lebanon since early October, according to the United Nations migration agency, amid soaring tensions near the Israel-Lebanon border after the Israel-Hamas war erupted.

Israel has carried out cross-border strikes and bombardments on Lebanon, while Palestinian groups have also launched limited infiltration attempts into Israel.

Several communities have been told to evacuate in Israel, while thousands of people in Lebanon have fled border towns to other parts of the south or to areas closer to the capital Beirut.

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