WASHINGTON — Only a small number of Americans remain in Lebanon, the State Department says, but an Arab-American spokesman estimated the figure to be more than 1,000, including many individuals with dual citizenship.
"We're not giving out the figures on private Americans for security reasons," department spokeswoman Ruth Van Heuven said. "There are very few."
She said that many of the Americans remaining hold both Lebanese and American citizenship or are married to Lebanese.
In April, 1985, an official at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut estimated the number of Americans to be 1,400. Lebanese-Americans made up the majority.
David Saad, executive director of the National Assn. of Arab Americans, said many Americans who were born in Lebanon go back frequently. "They are always back and forth," he said.