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UAE warns its citizens against travelling to Lebanon, cites security concerns

Lebanese police intelligence gather outside a hotel after security forces raided there in Beirut's Hamra district, Lebanon, Friday, June 20, 2014. Security forces raided the hotel over suspected

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Lebanese police intelligence gather outside a hotel after security forces raided there in Beirut's Hamra district, Lebanon, Friday, June 20, 2014. Security forces raided the hotel over suspected "terrorist cells" inside it, a police official said. In eastern Lebanon, a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle Friday near a police checkpoint, killing a few people amid heightened concerns of renewed violence, the country's state-run news agency and security officials said. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

BEIRUT - The United Arab Emirates is warning its citizens against travelling to Lebanon, citing security concerns.

The Gulf federation's charge d'affaires in Lebanon, Hamad Mohammed al-Junaibi, urged all Emiratis in Lebanon to leave immediately and to work with the UAE embassy to ease their departures, according to a statement carried late Saturday by the UAE's state news agency.

The warning follows a suicide car bombing and police raids Friday against suspected members of an al-Qaida breakaway group allegedly plotting attacks in the country.

Lebanon is a popular destination for tourists from the Emirates and other oil-rich Gulf states.

Separately, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam arrived in Kuwait on Sunday for a daylong visit that includes talks with his Kuwaiti counterpart.

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