Turkey Urges Its Citizens to Leave Lebanon

breakkkkkTurkey called on its citizens present in Lebanon to leave the country in the aftermath of the kidnapping of a Turkish pilot and copilot in Beirut at dawn on Friday.

“Given the current situation it is vital that our citizens avoid all travel to Lebanon,” the foreign ministry in a statement posted on its website.

“We suggest that citizens who are still in Lebanon return to Turkey if they can, or if they have to remain, to take all measures to ensure their personal safety and be vigilant,” it added.

It said Ankara expected the Lebanese government to take “all necessary measures” to ensure the safety of Turkish citizens in the country.

Gunmen kidnapped the pilots in an ambush on a bus carrying members of a Turkish Airlines crew from Beirut airport to a hotel.