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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

October 19, 2012: Beirut, Lebanon

Scattered Clashes, Protests and Road Closures

The death of Internal Security Forces officer Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan in a car bomb explosion in central Beirut on October 19 has sparked demonstrations in many areas of Lebanon, including parts of Beirut, and fighting in Tripoli, where there have been reports of exchanges of gunfire between Alawite and Sunni neighborhoods. Media report that protesters are burning tires and blocking roads across the country in response to the killing of Brigadier General al-Hassan.

The Embassy also reminds U.S. citizens to consult the Department of State’s Travel Warning for Lebanon, to exercise caution and take appropriate measures to ensure their safety and security, and to 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 Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel 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 App available through iTunes and the Android market 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).