US evacuates non-emergency staff from Beirut embassy

September 6, 2013 15:31

BEIRUT - The US State Department said on Friday it had evacuated non-emergency personnel and family members from its embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut, as Congress debates a military strike on neighboring Syria.

"The Department of State drew down non-emergency personnel and family members from Embassy Beirut due to threats to US Mission facilities and personnel," a statement on the Beirut embassy's website said. The US State Department urges "US citizens to avoid all travel to Lebanon because of current safety and security concerns," the statement also said.

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