Lebanon No longer a tourist destination!

I am a Lebanese citizen, and when i accidentally found out the below info, it was surprising and saddening!

Lebanon is a nice small country with great weather, great people and great food. Millions of tourists come to Lebanon to enjoy the beach and mountains at the same time! yes it’s possible within 1 hour you can go from swimming at the beach to enjoying a walk at 2000-2500 m high mountains.

The food is great, i have lived in many countries, but the Lebanese food and fast food is the best!

Anyway, i recently found out that there are many travel warnings on Lebanon:

the Canadian Government travel website says:

Flag of Lebanon

Lebanon

AVOID NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL; see also regional advisories. updated :December 13, 2012

The US Governmental Travel website:

September 17, 2012

The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Lebanon because of current safety and security concerns. U.S. citizens living and working in Lebanon should understand that they accept risks in remaining and should carefully consider those risks. This supersedes the Travel Warning issued on May 8, 2012, to emphasize information on security, kidnappings, and an upsurge in violence in Lebanon and the region.

The UK governmental travel website:

The overall level of this advice has not changed. We advise against all travel to the city of Tripoli and Palestinian refugee camps and against all but essential travel to the Bekaa valley, to within 5km of the Syrian border, to the southern city of Saida, and to areas south of the Litani river.

The Australian Governmental travel website:

Lebanon –
23/11/2012 –
Middle East –
Reconsider your need to travel

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