Saudis, Kuwait Urge Citizens to Leave Lebanon Immediately

In this Thursday, April 27, 2017 photo released by Saudi Press agency, SPA, Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reacts during the opening of the Gulf Cooperation Countries, GCC, Interior, Foreign, Defence Ministers Joint Meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Interior Ministry via AP)
Saudi Interior Ministry via AP

The Jerusalem Post reports: Saudi Arabia on Thursday urged its citizens to leave Lebanon “immediately” and to avoid traveling to the country. “The kingdom advised all citizens not to travel to Lebanon from any other international destinations,” said the statement reported by Al-Arabiya.

Hours later, Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry ordered its nationals to leave Lebanon immediately. Bahrain, an ally of Saudi in the Gulf, also issued a travel warning.

Bahrain acting in concert with Saudi Arabia is a reminder that both countries, along with the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, broke relations with Qatar and expelled Qatari citizens in June. The calls for citizens to leave the Land of the Cedars comes amid a war of words between Saudi Arabia and Iran and its proxy Hezbollah, and in the wake of the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Saturday.

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