The iconic and popular Casino du Liban in Jounieh has been threatened by terrorists, the Canadian and United States' embassies warned their citizens on Thursday.
"Due to potential terrorist threats to public locations such as the Casino Du Liban in Jounieh, Canadians in Lebanon are encouraged to avoid the area of the casino today, September 14, 2017, and to be aware of their surroundings," an email from the Canadian embassy forwarded to StepFeed staff warned.
The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon sent a similar warning email, also forwarded to StepFeed, saying that it had "barred any movement of U.S. government staff to that Casino" due to ongoing threats.
Here's the email warning from the Canadian embassy
Here's the email warning from the U.S. embassy
Although Lebanon's military and Hezbollah have recently been involved in a successful campaign to expel the so-called Islamic State (or Daesh) form the northeastern border area of Lebanon, the country has not experienced a major terrorist incident since November 2015.
The 2015 attack carried out by two suicide bombers in the suburbs of Beirut left more than 40 people dead and more than 200 injured. The attack was claimed by Daesh. Since then, no major attack has been successful, although Lebanese security forces have stopped numerous other would-be terrorists in the past couple of years.
The message from the Canadian embassy goes on to warn that "the security situation in Lebanon is unpredictable," encouraging citizens to remain "vigilant at all times."