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Lebanon Crisis: Saudi Arabia and Bahrain Issue Warnings as Protests Soar


7Dnews London

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:58 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry advised its citizens on Friday, October 18th against travelling to Lebanon, as the country entered a second day of protests demanding the political elite to resign, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The Foreign Ministry statement urged Saudi nationals in Lebanon to be extremely cautious and to reach out to the Saudi embassy in Beirut whenever needed.

Tens of thousands of angry protesters were seen blocking roads, burning tyres, and marching across Lebanon for a second day on Friday as they protested the soaring inflation rates, new tax proposals, and the high cost of living.

And The Bahraini Foreign Ministry called on its citizens in Lebanon to leave the country immediately as angry protests entered a second day, an official Friday, October 18th statement said.

The statement further urged Bahraini citizens not to travel to Lebanon for safety concerns, according to Bahrain News Agency (BNA).

For the second day, nationwide protesters in Lebanon blocked roads and burned tyres, as tempers flared against Lebanon’s political elite, whom protesters accuse of looting the country’s economy and resources.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, said on Friday, that Lebanon is currently going through an “unprecedented, difficult time,” as he addressed the country in a speech.

Hariri gave a 72-hour deadline to the country’s political leaders to stop obstructing reforms and respond to the demands of protesters, otherwise he threatened to take “a different approach.”