Australians warned not to travel to southern Beirut

Media release

17 August 2013

Australians have been warned not to travel to southern Beirut following a car bombing on August 15 which killed at least 20 people and injured more than 250.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the bombing follows an earlier car bomb attack on July 9 and a rocket attack on May 26, targeting southern Beirut communities.

“These are barbaric attacks on civilian communities,” Senator Carr said.

“Our Embassy in Lebanon has been in touch with the Lebanese Government to offer condolences for the families of those killed in this latest bombing.

“As there is a risk of further attacks, Australians are advised not to travel to Beirut’s southern suburbs.

Those already in southern Beirut should consider leaving.

“We continue to urge Australians to monitor local media for information on any incidents or warnings, and to follow any safety instructions from local authorities.

“Australians in Lebanon are also urged to register their presence with the Australian Embassy.”

Senator Carr said Australians who was unable to contact friends or family in southern Beirut and had concerns for their safety, should contact the Department of Foreign Affairs Consular Centre on 1300 555 135.

The changed travel advice for Australians in Beirut mirrors advice provided for US citizens in the area. Senator Carr said the United Kingdom and Canada were also considering amending their travel warnings for southern Beirut in the wake of the August 15 bomb attack.

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