The US Embassy in Beirut issued on Friday a security alert urging American citizens in Lebanon to "leave now." According to the statement, the order was released while "commercial flights remain available" and because of "the unpredictable security situation," APA reports citing Teletrader.
"You should have a plan of action for crisis situations that does not rely on US government assistance. The best time to leave a country is before a crisis if at all possible," the release said.
The news comes after the State Department last week raised the travel advisory level for Lebanon to Level 4: Do Not Travel.