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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Beirut (Lebanon), Caution in light of recent foiled suicide attack in Hamra

Near East > Lebanon > Beirut

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to exercise heightened security awareness in light of yesterday’s foiled suicide attack at a café on Hamra Street in downtown Beirut.  The suspect was arrested by Lebanese security forces outside the café shortly before midnight.  The U.S. Embassy has temporarily restricted some movement of its personnel in Beirut and surrounding areas of Lebanon in response to the attempted attack. 

We encourage U.S. citizens to be aware of their immediate surroundings at all times, and take appropriate measures to ensure their safety and security.  Terrorist incidents may occur with little or no warning.  In the event of a security incident, the Embassy urges all U.S. citizens in Lebanon to avoid the area and monitor the media for latest developments.

For further detailed information regarding travel and security in Lebanon:

·         Visit the State Department’s travel website Travel.State.Gov to review the Travel Warning for Lebanon, Country-Specific Information for Lebanon, travel alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.

·         Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the latest security updates and make it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency.

·         Contact the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, located at Awkar facing the Municipality, PO Box 70-840, Beirut, at (961) (4) 542600 or (961) (4) 543600.  The Embassy is open Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM.  The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (961) (4) 542600 or (961) (4) 543600. 

·         Follow the U.S. Embassy in Beirut on Twitter and Facebook