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Problems in Baalbeck

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Problems in Baalbeck

just received an email from the US Embassy in Beirut advising

Westerners to avoid the Baalbeck area due to clashes between Lebanese authorities and criminal groups. Anyone know specifically whats going on ?

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1. Re: Problems in Baalbeck

Strange! I was with some friends in the Baalbeck ruins early Sunday morning, right when they opened the gate. We had explored the site for about 40 minutes when suddenly we heard lots of automatic arms fire in the not so far off distance, we also heard what sounded like something whizzing across the sky above us, which was followed by a few very large explosions. It seemed to start up and die off quickly and all at once so I assumed it was a military drill of some sort... not sure if this has anything to do with it. This article might explain more


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just wondering if you could post that warning or send it to me? for some reason I didn't get it...


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To:                   All American Citizens

From:               Consular Section

Subject:           Emergency Message - March 13, 2012

Because of clashes between the Lebanese authorities and criminal groups,

Lebanese authorities  have advised Westerners to avoid the Baalbeck area

while the risk of clashes continues.  The U.S. Embassy takes this

opportunity to note for American citizens that clashes involving

Lebanese authorities and criminal elements have also recently occurred

in other areas of the Bekaa and border regions.  The Embassy advises

U.S. citizens to monitor the security situation, avoid areas where

clashes have occurred, and maintain low profiles in public.  

As always, the Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to consult the Department

of State's Travel Warning for Lebanon

<http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5578.html> , 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 <http://lebanon.usembassy.gov>  at

(961) (4) 542600 or (961) (4) 543600.

U.S. citizens are advised to maintain valid travel documents and enroll

with the Department of State through the Smart Traveler Enrollment

Program <https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/> .

U.S. citizens traveling abroad regularly should monitor the U.S.

Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website

<http://travel.state.gov/> , where the current Worldwide Caution,

<http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_4787.html>  Travel

Warnings <http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html> ,

Travel Alerts <http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1766.html>

, and Country Specific Information

<http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1064.html>  can be

found. U.S. citizens are also encouraged to review "A Safe Trip Abroad

<http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/safety/safety_1747.html> ," 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).

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