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In the Lebanese cities are clashes between demonstrators and security forces

Reinforced units of the police and army using tear gas, began to oust the protesters from the Central square of Beirut, clashes between police and protesters resumed in Tripoli in Northern Lebanon, according to Lebanese TV channel LBC.

According to the channel, the demonstrators in downtown Beirut bombarded the police and the army with stones, departing from the square of Fallen to the adjacent transport interchange.

Army pulls additional forces to the place of clashes in the centre of the Lebanese capital.

Meanwhile, according to the Lebanese red cross, the clashes in Tripoli hospitalized nine demonstrators.

Also, according to media reports, the demonstrators for the second day continue to block roads in different parts of the country.

Riots resumed in Beirut amid reports of a sharp depreciation of the national currency. Prime Minister Hassan Diyab because of the unrest, announced an emergency meeting of the government on Friday morning to discuss the financial situation.

The Lebanese pound started to fall against the dollar since October 2019. For 30 years the country has maintained a rate of 1,5 thousand for a dollar. But amid a worsening economic crisis, the rate on the black market rose to 4 thousand, which in turn drastically lowered the purchasing power of citizens has increased and the number of unemployed. Lebanese banks, in turn, continue to keep the official rate at level of 1.5 thousand, while limiting or completely ceasing the issuance of dollars to investors and prohibiting the transfer of any funds abroad.

The unrest began in Lebanon 17 Oct 2019. Then hundreds of thousands of people across the country staged anti-government demonstrations with the requirement to conduct efficient economic reforms, to prosecute politicians involved in corruption and return stolen from the state budget funds. In November, against the backdrop of unrest, he resigned the government of Saad Hariri.

In late January, the President approved a Cabinet of Ministers headed Debom, but the mass demonstrations in the country have not stopped. The streets of the Lebanese cities subsided only with the advent of the threat of the spread of coronavirus and the introduction of the regime in the country "civil mobilization". However, in April in Tripoli, Beirut and Saida, the people again came to the demonstration, which escalated into mass riots with arson of banks and clashes with the army and police. The population has partially calmed down after the announcement by the government DeBa on the adopted anti-crisis plan to stabilize the economy in the country.