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SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS: Protests Called

The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon is concerned about the continued threat of demonstrations, and other violent actions against U.S. interests in Lebanon. 

In response to a controversial film, there have been violent reactions in multiple cities and countries in the Middle East including Tripoli, Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Tunisia among others, which has resulted in civil unrest and large-scale protests and demonstrations.  U.S. citizens are warned that demonstrations intended to be peaceful can escalate into violent clashes.  U.S. citizens are also reminded that demonstrations and riots can occur with little or no warning.  U.S. citizens are urged to avoid areas of demonstrations if possible and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of a demonstration.

Protestors may target both official and private interests.  Examples of such targets include high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, and places of worship, schools, public areas, and other tourist destinations where U.S. citizens gather in large numbers.

There have been calls for protests in Lebanon to take place in the southern suburbs of Beirut at 5:00 P.M. on September 17, 2012, in Sidon on the afternoon of September 19, 2012, in Baalbek on September 21, 2012 (following the Friday prayer), in Bint Jbeil on the afternoon of September 22, 2012 and in Hermel in the afternoon of September 23, 2012.  Please be aware that protests may occur at any time and place and U.S. citizens should remain vigilant.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to consult the Department of State’s Travel Warning for Lebanon, to assess their personal security, vary travel routes, exercise caution, take appropriate measures to ensure their safety, and report any suspicious or unusual activity immediately to authorities.

The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon is located at Awkar facing the Municipality, PO Box 70-840, Beirut.  For further information, U.S. citizens may telephone the Embassy in Lebanon at (961) (4) 542600 or (961) (4) 543600.

The Embassy advises U.S. citizens to maintain valid travel documents and enroll with the Department of State through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency. 

U.S. citizens traveling abroad regularly should monitor the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide CautionTravel WarningsTravel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.  U.S. citizens should also review "A Safe Trip Abroad,” which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. 

Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.  You can also download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).