Turkey urged its citizens Friday to leave Lebanon after two Turkish Airlines pilots were abducted near Beirut's international airport.
"Give the current situation, our citizens should avoid traveling to Lebanon unless necessary," a statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, advising its nationals "to leave Lebanon if possible for their safety."
It also asked them to remain alert in the event they chose to stay.
"Ankara looks to the Lebanese government to take the necessary measures that would ensure the safety of Turkish residents in Lebanon,” it added.
Security sources told The Daily Star a group of gunmen kidnapped pilot Murat Akpinar and his co-pilot Murat Agca as they headed to their Beirut hotel shortly after arriving in Lebanon in the early hours of the morning.