“At 10:37 PM local time, small arms fire was reported in the vicinity of the entrance to the US embassy. There were no injuries, and our facility is safe. We are in close contact with host country law enforcement authorities,” Nelson stated, according to Reuters news agency.
The highly secured US embassy lies north of Beirut in the town of Awkar. Security incidents around it are rare.
The embassy moved there from Beirut following a suicide attack in 1983 which killed more than 60 people.