The Baalbek International Music Festival will take place in the town of Baalbek from July 7 to August 15. Given that Baalbek is approximately 7 miles (11 km) from the Syrian border, and that the Beqaa Valley experiences regular terrorist activity due to the presence of armed groups and IS-linked militants, increased security measures are expected surrounding the festival and on the main roads leading to Baalbek. Associated transportation disruptions are to be anticipated.
Lebanon's security context is closely tied to the situation in neighboring Syria, notably due to the involvement of the Lebanon-based Shi'ite group Hezbollah in the civil war. Terrorist attacks have occurred periodically in Lebanon in recent months, usually targeting security forces or isolated villages in the Beqaa Valley, such as Arsal, Ras Baalbek, and Qaa.
Individuals present in and around Baalbek are advised to remain vigilant and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities. Some Western governments advise against all travel to Baalbek and the Beqaa Valley due to terrorist activities.
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