Lebanon concerns

This item appears on page 18 of the November 2008 issue.

The Department of State continues to urge Americans to avoid all travel to Lebanon. Recent clashes in the northern city of Tripoli resulted in more than 20 deaths and numerous injuries. Additionally, a bomb exploded next to a city bus in Tripoli on Aug. 13, killing 14 people.

On May 7, Hizballah militants blocked the road to Rafiq Hariri International Airport and entered areas of Lebanon not traditionally under their control, resulting in heavy fighting and a number of casualties. Currently, there is full access to the airport and widespread hostilities have subsided. However, the threat of anti-Western terrorist activity in Lebanon remains.