A friend just asked me if there’s anything happening at the Casino du Liban and shared with me a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Beirut barring any movement of U.S. government staff to that Casino.

Here’s the full statement dated September 14th 2017:

Due to ongoing threats to locations such as the Casino Du Liban in Jounieh, Lebanon, the U.S. Embassy in Beirut has barred any movement of U.S. government staff to that Casino.

As always, the U.S. Embassy will continue to evaluate the movements of its personnel, and encourages all U.S. citizens to be aware of their immediate surroundings at all times and take appropriate measures to ensure their safety and security. Terrorist incidents may occur with little or no warning. In the event of a security incident, avoid the area and monitor the media for the latest developments.

That’s a pretty random warning and El Nashra is claiming the Canadian Embassy has issued a similar warning but I couldn’t find any official statement.

On another hand, the casino’s chairman “rejected any claims that the casino was unsafe, telling The Daily Star, “It is 100 percent secure and there is no danger to visitors to Casino du Liban”, and continued that the embassy routinely sends out security warnings and that it’s “for all of Lebanon, not just the casino.”