Canada on Tuesday reiterated a call for its citizens to leave Lebanon while they can, saying the security situation in the country was becoming increasingly volatile and unpredictable due to the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.

Iran PressAmerica: "My message to Canadians has been clear since the beginning of the crisis in the Middle East: it is not the time to travel to Lebanon. And for Canadians currently in Lebanon, it is time to leave, while commercial flights remain available," Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly said in a statement.

A government advisory said Canadians have been advised to avoid travelling to Lebanon since October due to the "deteriorating security situation, the continued risk of terrorist attacks, and the ongoing armed conflict with Israel."

"The security situation can deteriorate further without warning," the advisory read.

"If the armed conflict intensifies it could impact your ability to depart the country by commercial means. It may result in travel disruptions, including airspace closures and flight cancellations and diversions."

Since the beginning of the military escalation on the Israeli-Lebanese border in October 2023, Hezbollah's losses have exceeded 360 people. The death toll from air raids among civilians has reached 96.

The latest strikes are part of the ongoing tensions between Israel and Hezbollah, which have been engaged in a tit-for-tat exchange of attacks in recent months.

The situation remains volatile, with the potential for further escalation.

The violation of Lebanon's airspace and the targeting of Hezbollah strongholds are likely to heighten the tensions in the region further. The international community has called for restraint and a de-escalation of the conflict to prevent a wider regional war.


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