On October 21, the State Department issued a Travel Advisory for Lebanon. The advisory is a Level 3 Reconsider Travel due to to crime, terrorism, armed conflict and civil unrest. Excerpt:
U.S. citizens who choose to travel to Lebanon should be aware that consular officers from the U.S. Embassy are not always able to travel to assist them. The Department of State considers the threat to U.S. government personnel in Beirut sufficiently serious to require them to live and work under strict security restrictions. The internal security policies of the U.S. Embassy may be adjusted at any time and without advance notice.
The Lebanese government cannot guarantee the protection of U.S. citizens against sudden outbreaks of violence. Family, neighborhood, or sectarian disputes can escalate quickly and can lead to gunfire or other violence with no warning. Armed clashes have occurred along the Lebanese borders, in Beirut, and in refugee settlements. The Lebanese Armed Forces have been brought in to quell the violence in these situations.
People across Lebanon have been protesting for 5 days against corruption and the economic crisis. Hundreds of thousands marched in Beirut, its biggest protests in 10+ years: pic.twitter.com/uNjShO0EVo
— AJ+ (@ajplus) October 21, 2019
This is how many people were in central Beirut today.
Are you getting their message? pic.twitter.com/PwTLm2RbFq
— Jad Chaaban د. جاد شعبان (@JadChaaban) October 20, 2019
— Rami Rizk (@rami_rizk) October 20, 2019
— Ali Hashem علي هاشم (@alihashem_tv) October 22, 2019
More sights and sounds of Beirut protests pic.twitter.com/utkwue8hjd
— Dion Nissenbaum (@DionNissenbaum) October 21, 2019