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Lebanon: safe for tourists to visit?

edited October 2010 in Middle East
I am planning a trip to Lebanon but am concerned about my safety. I know that crime is low, but is there any risk of violence or terrorism directed at me as I am a westerner? My plan is to see as much of Beirut as I can then do a trip up the coast to some skiing in the mountains - mostly so i can say i went skiing in Lebanon!

How safe is Beirut to explore? Do I need a guide/driver or even security in order to experience it? I like to see things under my own steam and not as a tourist on a bus.

Thanks in advance for your comment etc...! :)
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