Kuwait orders its nationals to leave Lebanon immediately

Kuwait orders its nationals to leave Lebanon immediately
Passengers are seen at Beirut's international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Thursday. (REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir)
Updated 09 November 2017
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Kuwait orders its nationals to leave Lebanon immediately

Kuwait orders its nationals to leave Lebanon immediately

RIYADH: Kuwait’s foreign ministry ordered its nationals to leave Lebanon immediately, according to a statement on Thursday carried by state news agency KUNA.
The decision came hours after Saudi Arabia warned its citizens against traveling to Lebanon and asked those in the country to leave as soon as possible.
A foreign ministry source, quoted by state news agency SPA, also called on Saudis not to travel to Lebanon.
"Due to the situation in the Republic of Lebanon, the kingdom asks its nationals visiting or living in Lebanon to leave as soon as possible, and advises its citizens not to travel there," the source said.
Last Sunday, Bahrain urged its citizens to avoid traveling to Lebanon and advised those already in the country to leave immediately for their safety.
“Due to the current conditions and developments in Lebanon, the foreign ministry asks citizens present in Lebanon to leave immediately and exercise extreme caution,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
It warned its citizens to avoid traveling to Lebanon “for their own safety and to avoid any dangers they might encounter.”
Its warning came a day after Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation.
Speaking from the Saudi capital Riyadh, Hariri cited Iran’s “grip” on the country and threats to his life.
His surprise withdrawal from a government that also includes Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah risked plunging the already fragile country deeper into turmoil.
Manama has declared Hezbollah a terrorist group and repeatedly accused it of involvement in violent attacks in the tiny Gulf kingdom.