The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has revised its travel advisory to Lebanon following rising tension with neighbouring Syria.

Britons are advised against all travel to parts of the country including Tripoli, the southern suburbs of Beirut and within 5 kilometers of the Syrian border.

The FCO also advised against all but essential travel to the rest of Lebanon “due to the recent upsurge in violence and wider regional tensions”.

It said: “There may be an increased risk of anti-western sentiment linked to the possibility of military action in Syria.

“The ability of the British government to provide assistance with departures may be limited. British nationals should consider leaving if their presence in Lebanon is not essential at the current time.”