UK Foreign Office advises against all travel to Lebanon

LONDON (Reuters) -Britain’s Foreign Office said on Wednesday that it was advising its citizens against all travel to Lebanon because of risks associated with the conflict between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

It also encouraged British nationals in Lebanon to leave now “while commercial options remain available”.

“There are ongoing mortar, artillery exchanges and airstrikes in South Lebanon, on the border with Israel. Tensions are high and events could escalate with little warning, which could affect or limit exit routes out of Lebanon,” the Foreign Office said in its updated travel advice.

British nationals in Lebanon should register their presence with the British Foreign Office, it said. Family members of staff at the British Embassy have been temporarily withdrawn.

(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Grant McCool)