Canada urges citizens to leave Lebanon citing unpredictable security situation

Canadian Foreign Minister Joly visits Kyiv

OTTAWA (Reuters) - 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 Iran-backed Hezbollah.

"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 Minister Melanie Joly said in a statement.

(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Ottawa)