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UAE urges citizens not to travel to Lebanon
Reuters ^ | 12/23/2012 | Rania El Gamal

Posted on 12/23/2012 7:16:27 PM PST by haffast

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates urged citizens not to travel to Lebanon, a popular New Year holiday destination for Gulf Arabs, after Syria's civil war fanned sectarian clashes in north Lebanon.

The Gulf Arab state issued the warning because of "difficult and sensitive political circumstances" in Lebanon, saying Emiratis should not visit unless they had to, state news agency WAM reported late on Saturday.

Syria's conflict has provoked fighting in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, whose communal makeup mirrors that of the opposing sides in the war. Majority Sunnis in the city support Syria's mostly Sunni-led uprising, while Alawites, the Shi'ite-linked minority sect to which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad belongs, are generally supportive of him.

Tensions in northern Lebanon have run particularly high since at least 14 Sunni Muslim Lebanese and Palestinian gunmen from the area were killed by Syrian security forces in a Syrian border town in early December. The men appeared to have joined the armed insurgency against Assad.



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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: lebanon; muslim; palestine; syria; waronterror
"Sunni Lebanese and Palestinians.."

"...Alawites, the Shi'ite-linked minority sect..."

"....the armed insurgency against Assad."

Just sorting out my score card.....

Spending Christmas at home......


1 posted on 12/23/2012 7:16:44 PM PST by haffast
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To: haffast

Sorry, the President is on vacation, please call back
later. Thank you.

The blaze that is syria, seems to have picked up in
Lebanon. Probably not a good thing.

2 posted on 12/23/2012 9:34:56 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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