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Saudi Arabia urges its citizens to leave Lebanon amid growing tensions with Hezbollah

Damaged cars are seen in front of a building where many Iranian diplomats live, at the scene of two explosions, that struck the day before, near the Iranian embassy, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Twin suicide bombings struck outside the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing nearly two dozen, including the Iranian cultural attaché, and wounding dozens more in one of the worst bombings to target the predominantly Shiite area in southern Beirut. The double bombing pulled Lebanon further into the neighboring Syrian conflict that has torn apart the deeply divided country. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Damaged cars are seen in front of a building where many Iranian diplomats live, at the scene of two explosions, that struck the day before, near the Iranian embassy, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Twin suicide bombings struck outside the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing nearly two dozen, including the Iranian cultural attaché, and wounding dozens more in one of the worst bombings to target the predominantly Shiite area in southern Beirut. The double bombing pulled Lebanon further into the neighboring Syrian conflict that has torn apart the deeply divided country. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

Saudi Arabia is urging its citizens to leave Lebanon and exercise caution following this week's deadly bombing at the Iranian Embassy and deepening tensions with Lebanon's Hezbollah militants.

Shiite-led Hezbollah has indirectly blamed Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia for Tuesday's twin suicide blasts, which killed 23 people. A Sunni radical group linked to al-Qaida has claimed responsibility.

Saudi Arabia and Hezbollah are longstanding foes, but are now rivals in Syria's civil war. Saudi rulers are key backers of Syrian rebels, while Hezbollah is fighting alongside the forces of Bashar Assad.

A statement Thursday from the Saudi Embassy in Lebanon urged its citizens to "return to the kingdom and be cautious."

Lebanon has been a popular holiday spot for Saudis, but numbers have dropped off sharply since Hezbollah joined the battles in Syria.