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Is it safe to travel to Turkey’s tourist resorts?

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“British nationals made over 3.8 million visits to Turkey in 2022,” the UK Foreign Office says. But on 6 February 2023, an earthquake measuring 7.8 hit close to the southeastern city of Gaziantep , close to the border with Syria, with a devastating impact on the area.

Nine hours later a 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit the neighbouring province of Kahramanmaras, and there have been several strong after-shocks and more minor earthquakes .

The United Nations says: “Tens of thousands of people have been killed and many more have been injured.”

Some readers considering visits at Easter and in the summer have expressed concerns about possible risks associated with the seismic activity that caused the tragedy.

These are the key questions and answers.

Have any tourist areas in Turkey been affected by the earthquake?

No. The earthquakes occurred along the East Anatolian Fault – which extends northeast from the area hit on 6 February to the far east of Turkey, close to the frontier with Armenia and Georgia. The main Mediterranean tourist areas are well to the west of the affected region and are well away from geological fault lines.

The closest Mediterranean holiday region is centred on Antalya, which is over 300 miles/500km away from the affected region. Resorts such as Fethiye, Marmaris and Bodrum are even more distant.

I am reading about repeated earthquakes. Should I be worried?

Not if you will be avoiding the affected region. The US Geological Survey says: “It is extremely common for hundreds of aftershocks to occur over the next few weeks, months, or possibly years. Eventually, the frequency of these aftershocks will decrease.”

Will I hinder the relief effort if I holiday in Turkey?

No, quite the opposite. Assuming you do not attempt to travel to the affected area, you will be contributing to the Turkish economy and are therefore indirectly helping with the massive humanitarian operation and the reconstruction programme.

With some evidence that some tourists are staying away because of misplaced concerns, the next few weeks and months could comprise a worthwhile time to visit in terms of finding good value and a warm welcome.

Have flights and holidays to Turkey been cancelled?

No. On Thursday 2 March, for example, there are flights to Antalya from Birmingham, London Stansted and Leeds Bradford on Jet2 , and from London Gatwick, Manchester and Liverpool on easyJet . Many other links are operating between the UK and the holiday airports of Bodrum and Dalaman.

Package holidays are running normally, with Tui offering a week’s five-star all-inclusive at Lara Beach near Antalya, departing on 4 March, for £420 per person from Birmingham, based on two sharing. The price includes daytime flights on SunExpress, 20kg of baggage and coach transfers from Antalya airport to the resort.

Will my travel insurance be valid?

Yes, as long as you avoiding areas for which the Foreign Office advises against travel.

What does the travel industry say?

In the wake of the tragedy, Mark Tanzer, chief executive of Abta, the travel association, said: “We are part of a global industry that celebrates exploring different countries and cultures. We feel these events deeply and share our sympathies with those affected.”

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Drone footage of many collapsed buildings and crushed cars as people move among the debris.

Two massive earthquakes that struck southern Turkey and northwest Syria on Monday have killed more than 22,000 people, making the natural disaster one of the worst of the century .

Just hours apart, the quakes ruptured cities and towns across the region and hopes of finding more survivors among the rubble in freezing conditions are starting to fade.

The devastation was particularly deadly because the shocks were both powerful and shallow and also struck a region where few buildings were fully compliant with codes designed to make them more resistant to earthquakes.

The first 7.8-magnitude quake struck a little after 4 a.m. (0100 GMT) about 30 km (19 miles) northwest of Gaziantep, a city of more than 2 million people in southern Turkey.

Nine hours later, a 7.5-magnitude quake struck due north, just one of more than 150 aftershocks to hit the region since Monday.

Terrain map showing the 7.8- and 7.5-magnitude earthquakes near the eastern border of Turkey and Syria. There were more than 150 aftershocks at magnitude 4 and higher in the region between Feb. 6 and 10.

Close-up profile of a woman rubbing her nose as she reacts, standing near rubble.

A woman stands near rubble and damage in Gaziantep, Turkey, Feb. 7, 2023. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

People gather on rubble as the search for survivors continues in Aleppo, Syria, Feb. 7, 2023. REUTERS/Firas Makdesi

A section of the earthquake damaged D420 road in Demirkopru, Turkey, Feb. 8, 2023. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Monday’s first earthquake created severe shaking across an area about 285 km (177 miles) long according to the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Initial USGS estimates of the surface rupture length – the length of ground visibly displaced by both the 7.8 and 7.5-magnitude quakes along fault lines – stood at almost 300 km (185 miles).

Only three earthquakes have registered above 6.0 on the Richter Scale since 1970 in the area, according to the USGS, though a 7.0 quake hit the region in 1822, killing an estimated 20,000 people.

Terrain map of the earthquake area showing the areas around the epicentre that faced moderate to severe intensity shaking.

Turkey lies along one of the most active seismic belts in the world, stretching from the Alps and the Mediterranean all the way to the Himalayas. The country experiences a destructive earthquake on average once every five years, according to the Ministry of the Interior’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency.

“Turkey has experienced the deadliest earthquake worldwide four times in the last 50 years, so is no stranger to the deadly consequences of such events,” said Joanna Faure Walker, head of the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction in London.

Map of Turkey and Syria showing the more than 700 earthquakes magnitude 5 and stronger that have happened in or near the countries since 1900.

Most of Turkey lies on the Anatolian plate, which is pinched between two major faults along the borders of the Eurasian, and Arabian tectonic plates.

Of the two major faults, the North Anatolian Fault has produced more major earthquakes in recent times than the East Anatolian Fault, where Monday’s quakes struck.

Map of Turkey and Syria showing the tectonic plates and fault lines in the area. Most of Turkey is on the Anatolian plate, with the eastern and southeastern regions on the Eurasian and Arabian plates respectively. The tension between the westwards movement of the Anatolian and Arabian plates causes the East Anatolian fault, and the downwards movement of the Eurasian plate against the Anatolian plate causes the North Anatolian Fault, which runs near most of Turkey’s northern border.

During the 20th century, the East Anatolian Fault showed very little major seismic activity.

“If we were going simply by (major) earthquakes that were recorded by seismometers, it would look more or less blank,” said Roger Musson, an honorary research associate at the British Geological Survey.

The two quakes on Feb. 6 were the first greater than 7.0 along the East Anatolian Fault in the last century.

Map showing the magnitude 7 and stronger quakes in Turkey and Syria since 1900. Half of the quakes have occurred along the North Anatolian fault.

The earthquakes were powerful and shallow, with the 7.8-magnitude quake centred just 18 km below the surface.

“The combination of large magnitude and shallow depth made this earthquake extremely destructive,” said Mohammad Kashani, associate professor of structural and earthquake engineering at the University of Southampton.

The energy unleashed from shallow earthquakes doesn't have enough space to dissipate before it hits the surface, often causing more destruction than deeper earthquakes.

Graphic that illustrates shallow earthquakes that occur less than 70 km deep in the Earth’s crust are more common and account for about 75% of the energy released from all quakes each year. Deep-focus earthquakes occur deeper than 70 km, often along island arcs or in deep ocean trenches. They usually cause less damage because their waves weaken as they travel further to get to the surface.

On normal faults plates pull apart allowing part of the crust to sink. These earthquakes tend to be weak and shallow. Reverse faults are when two plates collide, deep and very powerful quakes can be produced. However, because these quakes are deep, shaking can weaken before reaching the surface. Strike-slip faults occur when two plates shear past each other, like the recent Turkey quake. They may not release as much energy as some reverse faults but can be more destructive because they are closer to the surface.

Earthquakes are usually caused when underground rock suddenly breaks and there is rapid motion along a fault line. This sudden release of energy causes seismic waves that make the ground shake.

There are three types of stress along a fault that can produce earthquakes: normal faults, strike-slip faults and reverse faults.

The East Anatolian Fault is a strike-slip fault.

In those, solid rock plates push up against each other across a vertical fault line, building stress until one finally slips in a horizontal motion, releasing a tremendous amount of strain that can trigger an earthquake.

The San Andreas Fault in California is perhaps the world's most famous strike-slip fault, with scientists warning that a catastrophic quake there is long overdue.

Illustrated graphic showing the three kinds of stress along a fault line. In normal faults, plates pull apart allowing part of the crust to sink. These earthquakes tend to be weak and shallow. In reverse faults – where two plates collide – deep and very powerful quakes can be produced. However, because these quakes are deep, shaking can weaken before reaching the surface. In strike-slip faults two plates shear past each other, like the recent Turkey quake. They may not release as much energy as some reverse faults but can be more destructive because they are closer to the surface.

A man reacts with raised arms, standing on rubble amidst broken buildings.

A man reacts while standing amid rubble in Hatay, Turkey, Feb. 7, 2023. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

A man walks past a partially-collapsed building in Pazarcik, Turkey, Feb. 9, 2023. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

People inspect the damage as rescuers search for survivors in Hatay, Turkey, Feb. 8, 2023. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

A collapsed building in Kirikhan, Hatay, Turkey, Feb. 7, 2023. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Photos and video from Turkey and Syria showed catastrophic building collapses.

Rescue crews sifting through the rubble pulled a 10-day-old boy and his mother from the ruins of a collapsed building in Turkey on Friday, four days after the initial quake, and dug out several people at other sites.

Hundreds of thousands more people have been left homeless and short of food in bleak winter conditions after their homes were destroyed.

“The photos show that some of the collapsed buildings may have been built prior to modern seismic design code so they might not be appropriately designed and detailed for such a large magnitude earthquake,” said the University of Southampton’s Kashani.

In 2021, researchers from the Middle East Technical University and Hacettepe University in Turkey’s capital Ankara, and the University of Minho in Portugal, modelled the potential damage an earthquake might cause to Gaziantep and catalogued how well prepared the buildings in the area were to survive a large seismic event.

They found that just 11% of buildings were fully built to codes compliant with earthquake resistant design and construction. More than a third of the buildings were built with unreinforced masonry, which is particularly susceptible to seismic damage.

A graphic shows that 11.1% of Gaziantep’s buildings were fully compliant with earthquake resistant design and construction, 50.6% were partially compliant and 38.3% were not compliant.

A graphic shows that 62.7% of Gaziantep’s buildings were constructed with reinforced concrete; 37.4% were built with unreinforced masonry.

“Many of the buildings in the towns affected are simply not designed to cope with this level of strong shaking, and in Syria many structures have already been weakened by more than a decade of war,” said Bill McGuire, emeritus professor of earth sciences at UCL in London.

Ground shaking is the primary cause of earthquake damage to man-made structures but because it’s difficult to predict the intensity of the shaking, it’s also difficult for engineers to build buildings that can withstand the strongest earthquakes.

Still, certain natural factors in the ground, as well as basic construction techniques and materials, can help reduce the risk that a building will collapse, researchers say.

An illustrated graphic shows a taller building that resonates with slow, low frequency seismic waves, which are amplified when the waves travel through soft sediments in the ground. Small buildings are more susceptible to fast, high frequency waves, especially travelling through hard bedrock. Brick masonry and concrete structures are rigid, which hinders their ability to absorb the energy from seismic waves. Steel is often used to reinforce these buildings, but they may still collapse during major earthquakes. Flexibility is key to absorbing quake energy without collapsing. Wood can flex without breaking, while steel can expand and retract, making them effective quake-resistant materials when used correctly.

“Earthquakes cannot be accurately forecast, so prevention of the consequences depends on preparedness and efficient response,” said Carmen Solana, a reader in volcanology at the University of Portsmouth.

“The resistant infrastructure is unfortunately patchy in south Turkey and especially Syria, so saving lives now mostly relies on response.”

Earthquake and aftershock data from U.S. Geological Survey as of 5 a.m. GMT, Feb. 10.

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Is it safe to travel to Turkey? Latest FCDO travel advice explained as earthquake death toll rises

The fcdo has updated its travel advice for turkey, after a devastating earthquake struck in the popular british tourist destination.

HATAY, TURKIYE - FEBRUARY 13: Relatives of the victims wait to receive news as personnel conduct search and rescue operations in Hatay, following 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes hit Turkiye??s Kahramanmaras, on February 13, 2023. On Feb. 06 a strong 7.7 earthquake, centered in the Pazarcik district, jolted Kahramanmaras and strongly shook several provinces, including Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Adana, Adiyaman, Malatya, Osmaniye, Hatay, and Kilis. Later, at 13.24 p.m. (1024GMT), a 7.6 magnitude quake centered in Kahramanmaras' Elbistan district struck the region. (Photo by Sergen Sezgin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The death toll from a devastating earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria has now passed 35,000 , making it one of the world’s worst natural disasters in the past decade .

In the early hours of Monday 6 February, a powerful 7.8 magnitude quake hit Gaziantep in the south-east of Turkey .

This was followed by another 7.5 magnitude tremor in the neighbouring province of Kahramanmaras later that day.

Thousands of rescue teams searched for survivors among the rubble of decimated towns and cities in south-eastern Turkey and northern Syria, with the UN warning that the death toll is likely to climb far higher .

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Here’s everything you need to know if you were planning to travel to Turkey from the UK .

People walk among rubble, in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, in Elbistan town, Kahramanmaras, Turkey February 12, 2023. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah

Is it safe to travel to Turkey?

Following the earthquakes, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) updated its guidance for people visiting Turkey from the UK.

It advises: “The Turkish government has stated that only vehicles which carry aid teams and aid materials will be allowed to enter cities deemed to be inside the area of the disaster.

“If you are in the affected area, you should exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities.”

For people who require consular assistance, the FCDO has a 24-hour helpline you can contact at +90 312 455 3344, selecting the option of “consular services for British nationals”. It also has a web contact form, which you can access here .

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The FCDO also directs UK travellers to AFAD, the Turkish disaster management service, which operates a series of regional hubs.

There is a list of the specific local contact numbers on the FCDO website, which you can find here , while calls to Turkish emergency services on 112 will also redirect to AFAD.

As part of its more general guidance the FCDO advises against all travel to areas within 10km of the border with Syria, which has been ravaged by civil war for much of the past decade.

The body also advises against all but essential travel to Sirnak and the province of Hakkari, which is near the Iraq border.

It adds that “terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Turkey” with a risk of “indiscriminate” strikes.

However, the FCDO also states: “Most visits are trouble free. Be alert to your surroundings and remain vigilant in crowded places popular with foreign nationals, including during festival periods.”

ADIYAMAN, TURKIYE - FEBRUARY 13: An aerial view of collapsed buildings after 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes hit multiple provinces of Turkiye including Adiyaman on February 13, 2023. On Monday, Feb.6 a strong 7.7 earthquake, centered in the Pazarcik district, jolted Kahramanmaras and strongly shook several provinces, including Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Adana, Adiyaman, Malatya, Osmaniye, Hatay, and Kilis. On the same day at 13.24 p.m. (1024GMT), a 7.6 magnitude quake centered in Kahramanmaras' Elbistan district struck the region. (Photo by Aytac Unal/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Have flights or holidays been cancelled?

Despite the devastation, the earthquakes and their aftershocks did not affect the main tourist areas that are popular among British holidaymakers.

As a result, no flights or package trips from the UK to Turkey were cancelled in the aftermath of the quakes, with Jet2, Hays Travel and Thomas Cook confirming to i that there have not been cancellations.

Julia Lo Bue-Said, chief executive of the Advantage Travel Partnership, the UK’s largest network of independent travel agents, said: “The UK Foreign Office advice to British travellers in Turkey is to avoid the affected areas and to listen to the advice of local authorities.

“At this time, no flights have been cancelled from UK airlines. Anyone wanting to discuss travel to Turkey can call their local agent for further advice.”

Airports in the south-east of Turkey closed after the disaster, including Adana Sakirpasa Airport in the southern province of Adana, Hatay Airport in Hatay Province, and Gaziantep Oğuzeli Airport in Gaziantep.

Ashley Quint, director of the TimeTravel World travel agency, said it was not a particularly busy time of year for UK tourism to Turkey.

He recommended holidaymakers who are concerned about trips to Turkey to speak to their travel agent, tour operator or airline, especially if travelling imminently.

“Unless travelling to Gaziantep or Adana, it’s unlikely either will offer additional flexibility, unless there is specific threat of aftershocks elsewhere and/or the FCDO advice changes,” he added.

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Placing solar panels in an earthquake zone in Turkey: ‘You are really helping’

The Energy for Refugees student team will go to the earthquake prone zone in Turkey in the next academic year to supply a primary school with 1,500 pupils with a reliable source of energy.

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Energy for Refugees' previous team installed a solar panel system at a school in Tripoli last summer. (Photo: Energy for Refugees)

The Bohsin-Imam-Hatip school in Antakya was spared last year during the earthquakes on the Turkish Syrian border. One school in the area was less lucky and was totally destroyed. Since then, both schools have shared one building. The number of pupils almost doubled, from 800 to 1,500. To ease the pressure of the numbers, the school has a morning and an afternoon shift.

But the unpredictable power is a big problem. Smartboards, computers, lights and refrigerators in summer are not always available. This interferes with teaching, says architect Ezgi Nalci who works for an NGO in the region. She had previously been involved in TU Delft through the Extreme Architecture master’s subject in which students visited Antakya. Now she is approaching the TU Delft Energy for Refugees student team for help.

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She came to the right place. Since its founding in 2017, the team runs a project every year to supply refugees with electricity in emergency situations. Teams have gone to several places, including Lesbos , and during the lockdown helped a refugee camp in Guadalajara, Mexico remotely. Last year, the students helped a school for the first time in Tripoli , Lebanon.  read-more-closed read-more-open

SET student Stella Theodoraki is one of the two people responsible for the team’s communications and events. She comes from Greece and sees that it has become harder over the last few years to do projects at refugee camps. But for the team, it was primarily an ethical decision this year not to do a project at a Greek refugee camp. “Unlike a couple of years ago, they are now prisoners behind fences.”

Safety in the region

This is why the choice again fell on a school this year, now in the earthquake hit area of Turkey. The Netherlands has a negative travel advisory for this region because it is close to the border with war-torn Syria. The students hesitated about whether to go to the location for the project’s construction work.

But they also understood that unsafe areas are sometimes unavoidable, says TPM student and team member Margherita Andorno. “We are Energy for Refugees after all.” Apart from that, they could not work through video calling as this would not guarantee that the parts are built and connected properly. “We concluded that if we do a project, we go there.”

This was why Gaza was taken off the list. “If even the NGOs that bring food there are bombed, it would be too dangerous for us,” says Theodoraki. That said, Energy for Refugees is still in contact with BK Scholars for Palestine since the latter’s event was cancelled to organise something jointly.

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At the beginning of the next academic year, the team will travel to Turkey to install a renewable energy system at the Bohsin-Imam-Hatip school. The school will then be almost completely independent of the unpredictable electricity grid. Depending on the sponsoring, the students will climb on the roof to install at least 24 solar panels of 540 Watt peak each. Three batteries in the school will store the energy. The design is done, there is now money needed to finance the project.

The entire project will cost around EUR 35,000. The team is getting funds from some TU Delft faculties, and the search is on for companies that are willing to sponsor them. The most important part of the plan, the energy storage, is also the most expensive. Each of the three batteries has a capacity of 5 kWh with which they can supply the school with six to eight hours of energy a day, even on the less sunny days when the panels do not deliver much.

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The team members think beyond only the technical aspects. They are also thinking about the social impact of their project. They are in contact with local contractors and suppliers and are looking into the possibility of involving the pupils of the school in the project when they are there. “Our style of engineering in the master’s is very impersonal. You calculate the dimensions of a wind turbine at your computer without having real contact with the project,” says Theodoraki. She now feels like she is really doing something. “You are really helping. It feels good to give something back.”

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A gunman opened fire on the U.S. Embassy in the Lebanese capital on Wednesday, injuring a security guard before being wounded in return fire and apprehended, the Lebanese army and embassy officials said.

The gunman’s motive remains unclear, but the attack, which took place at 8:34 a.m. local time according to an embassy statement, comes amid widespread popular anger here over U.S. support for Israel’s ongoing campaign in Gaza.

Tensions have also been rising along Lebanon’s southern border with Israel , where Israeli troops and forces with the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah have traded fire for months in an escalating tit-for-tat fight.

The Lebanese army said the gunman, a Syrian national living in the Lebanese border town of Majdal Anjar, was detained and taken to a hospital for investigation.

The army said it also arrested three family members of the gunman, along with a Syrian national and a Lebanese citizen.

The embassy said in its statement that “small arms fire was reported in the vicinity” of the embassy’s entrance.

“Thanks to the quick reaction of host country security forces and our embassy security team, our facility and our team are safe,” the statement said. An embassy spokesperson said one embassy guard was injured in the attack.

“Investigations are underway and we are in close contact with host country law enforcement,” the statement said.

It added that appointments for Wednesday were canceled, but the embassy would resume operations the next day.

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Lebanon-based Hezbollah is holding back from all-out war with Israel for now — but chances of a dangerous miscalculation by either side are high.

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Videos posted on social media depicted an assault-rifle-toting masked gunman — dressed in jeans, combat vest and helmet — emerging from a parking lot opposite the U.S. Embassy’s entrance. The Los Angeles Times could not confirm the veracity of the videos, but the locations depicted in them correspond to the embassy.

Stepping toward the entrance across the street, the man takes successive shots. Another clip shows him opening fire again before an army jeep rushes toward him.

The gunman then runs into a side street; in the ensuing shootout — which local media said lasted more than half an hour — he continues evading return fire.

Pictures purporting to show the gunman wounded — released on local media — showed he sustained injuries to his leg and his stomach. His vest bears the logo of Islamic State, the ultra-violent extremist group that was largely defeated in 2019 after a years-long, international campaign led by the U.S.

Some local media channels quoted the gunman as having said the attack was done in the name of Gaza. There was no confirmation from official sources.

DOHA, QATAR -- APRIL 13, 2024: Fatma Nabhan, 5, hops around on one leg as she and her family from Gaza have been relocated to Doha, Qatar, Saturday, April 13, 2024. About 1500 Palestinians from Gaza and some of their caretakers have been relocated into a nondescript housing compound once meant to host World Cup visitors, repurposed into a temporary home for the Gazans. These Palestinians are medical evacuees whose injuries are far too severe for GazaOs collapsing medical system to treat, and who were brought along with some of their relatives to Doha as part of an initiative by QatarOs Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. After an agreement hammered out between Israel, Hamas, Egypt and Qatar, the injured were allowed to leave the Palestinian territory through the southern Gaza city of Rafah and then were transported on more than 20 Qatari military flights. (MARCUS YAM / LOS ANGELES TIMES)

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Lebanon’s usually fractious political class came together in condemnation of the attack, while observers expressed hope the shooting was not a harbinger of a wider conflagration between Hezbollah and Israel.

Since the Israel-Hamas war began, rage against the U.S. has spiked across the region, including in Lebanon, which saw protests against the U.S. Embassy in October as well as demonstrations before diplomatic missions of countries viewed as supporting Israel. The country houses some 270,000 Palestinian refugees and an estimated 1 million refugees from the civil war in neighboring Syria.

The U.S. Embassy lies on the side of a hill in a Christian-dominated neighborhood outside the capital. Its current site opened after 1983, when a deadly bombing struck the embassy building on Beirut’s waterfront and killed 63 people. Washington blamed Hezbollah for the attack, and for a subsequent suicide attack on the current site in 1984, which killed 23 people.

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Nabih Bulos is the Middle East bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times. Since 2012, he has covered the aftermath of the “Arab Spring” revolution as well as the Islamic State’s resurgence and the campaign to defeat it. His work has taken him to Syria, Iraq, Libya, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Yemen as well as on the migrant trail through the Balkans and northern Europe. A Fulbright scholar, Bulos is also a concert violinist who has performed with Daniel Barenboim, Valeri Gergyev and Bono.

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