Saudi Arabia orders its citizens out of Lebanon 'immediately.'


Published: 2017-11-09 16:36

Last Updated: 2017-11-12 11:09

Riyadh. (Wikimedia Commons)
Riyadh. (Wikimedia Commons)
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Saudi Arabia has ordered its citizens out of Lebanon 'immediately.'

A brief statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency called on all Saudis living in or visiting Lebanon to depart, and warned against travel to the country.

This comes after the shock resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Saturday in the Saudi capital Riyadh, which has raised fears over the future of Lebanon's stability. Hariri has not been seen in Lebanon since.

Hariri said Lebanon had been taken hostage by the Hezbollah group, a partner in his coalition government and a rival of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia says it considers Hezbollah's participation in the Lebanese government an "act of war" against the kingdom.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has said he will not consider the premier's resignation until the two meet in person.