Fact Check: US Embassy In Beirut Did NOT Evacuate As Of October 11, 2023

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: US Embassy In Beirut Did NOT Evacuate As Of October 11, 2023 Embassy Denies

Did the U.S. urge its citizens to leave Lebanon and urgently evacuate its embassy in Beirut? No, that's not true: The U.S. Embassy in Beirut has issued a statement saying it is open and operating normally. Since July 13, 2023, the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs has instructs U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Lebanon. Additional advisories are to avoid the area of the Lebanon-Israel border and to avoid large gatherings or protests.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) on X (formerly Twitter) on October 11, 2023, by @Sprinter99800. It reads:

America called on its citizens to urgently leave Lebanon and urgently evacuate their embassy in Beirut.

This is what the post looked like on X at the time of writing:

Twitter screenshot(Source: X screenshot taken on Wed Oct 11 20:55:57 2023 UTC)

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut responded to the rumor with a post on X (archived here) the same day:

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut has not evacuated and is open and operating normally. Reports saying otherwise are false. For more information and travel advisories, visit our embassy website:


(Source: X screenshot taken on Wed Oct 11 21:28:13 2023 UTC)

The post links to an October 10, 2023, statement published on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon that advises:

U.S. citizens throughout the region should continue to take caution, as advised in the October 9 regional security alert. As advised in the Travel.State.Gov Lebanon Travel Advisory, U.S. citizens should avoid travel to the Lebanon-Israel border area. In all parts of Lebanon, you should avoid demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests.

The Travel.State.Gov Lebanon Travel Advisory, issued on July 13, 2023, is rated a level three out of four levels, with level three being "Reconsider Travel" and level four being "Do not travel." There are some specified areas in Lebanon that have a level four travel advisory -- the border with Syria, the border with Israel and refugee settlements.

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


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