The United Kingdom has decided to repatriate a portion of its embassy staff in Lebanon due to concerns about potential civil unrest in the country. This decision was taken in response to recent demonstrations and disturbances that occurred in front of the British embassy last month, stemming from the UK’s support for Israel. The embassy employees, along with their families, have been temporarily recalled.
Additionally, the FCDO strongly advises British citizens in Lebanon to depart while it is still possible, emphasizing that the situation in the country can rapidly deteriorate without warning. The British Embassy cannot guarantee the evacuation of its citizens in the event of an emergency. Tensions have persisted for several weeks in the border region between Lebanon and Israel, largely due to the conflict between the Israeli military and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which is an ally of Hamas.
For Britons in Lebanon, the recommendation is to register with the embassy in Beirut and make plans for their departure. Despite the reduction in embassy personnel, essential services are still being provided. The FCDO Ministry also issues a warning that commercial flights from Lebanon could face disruptions or cancellations on short notice. Since the outbreak of the conflict in the Middle East, many other countries have strongly discouraged their citizens from traveling to Lebanon.