In response to escalating tensions along Lebanon’s southern border with Israel, Saudi Arabia has issued an urgent advisory to its citizens, urging them to leave Lebanon “immediately.” This advisory comes as a result of the volatile situation in the region, which has witnessed deadly clashes between Hezbollah, Palestinian militants, and the Israeli Defense Forces.
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The Saudi embassy in Beirut has been closely monitoring the developments in southern Lebanon, where at least 18 individuals have lost their lives. The casualties primarily consist of combatants, but tragically, they also include a Reuters journalist and two civilians. On the Israeli side, at least three people have been killed in the clashes.
#BREAKING The embassy of Saudi Arabia in Lebanon advised its citizens to leave the country immediately, according to a statement.
— Niv Calderon (@nivcalderon) October 18, 2023
Saudi Arabia calls on its citizens to leave Lebanon immediately
🇱🇧 The Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Beirut today called on all citizens of Saudi Arabia to leave Lebanon immediately because of the conflict between Hamas and Israel, in which the Lebanese Hezbollah was also involved.… pic.twitter.com/TylI31sqFY
— MIND CHANGER (@MindchangerX) October 18, 2023
The current conflict traces its roots back to October 7, when the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a major assault on Israel. This attack resulted in over 1,400 casualties, primarily among civilians, due to shootings, stabbings, and burnings. In response, Israel conducted a series of retaliatory air strikes on the Gaza Strip, resulting in the deaths of nearly 3,500 people, the majority of whom were civilians.
[Midday Middle East Update]
– Several countries tell their citizens to leave Lebanon urgently.
– U.S. Embassies are at risk of encountering uncontrollable riots.
– Iran continues to threaten Israel and U.S. Allies.
– U.S. says Palestine Jihad was behind Gaza Hospital Attack. pic.twitter.com/yCjKoSQ169
— The Enforcer (@ItsTheEnforcer) October 18, 2023
Hezbollah, based in Lebanon and supported by Iran, subsequently became embroiled in a series of retaliatory actions against Israel. Following a rocket strike that resulted in hundreds of casualties at a Gaza hospital, Hezbollah called for a “day of rage.”
In response to these developments, hundreds of Hezbollah supporters assembled in Beirut’s southern suburbs to protest the strike, which they attribute to Israel, despite Israel’s denials.
The Saudi embassy’s statement advises its citizens still in Lebanon to exercise caution and avoid areas where gatherings or demonstrations are taking place. Kuwait has also issued a similar warning to its citizens, recommending that those planning to visit Lebanon postpone their travel during this period. Additionally, Kuwaiti citizens currently in Lebanon are advised to return voluntarily unless there is an urgent need for them to remain.
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