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Saudi Arabia advises citizens not to travel to Lebanon - ministry

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Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah attend a funeral of people who were killed in violence in Beirut on Thursday, in Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo

Oct 17 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has advised its citizens not to travel to Lebanon in light of the latest security events, the foreign ministry wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

Lebanon remains on a Saudi travel list where obtaining prior permission to visit is required.

On Thursday, seven people were killed in violence in Beirut as crowds headed for a protest called by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group and its Shi'ite ally Amal.

The ministry also asked Saudi citizens currently in Lebanon to take precautions and stay away from gathering places.

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