In Lebanon, more than 80 people were injured in the clashes
Clashes between demonstrators and the army in Tripoli in Northern Lebanon resulted in the injury of more than 80 people, including twenty troops, according to the Lebanese national Agency NNA.
The demonstration in the second largest city of Lebanon for the third day in a row degenerated into riots and clashes with the police and the army.
The participants of the riots continued to take to the streets in protest against the deteriorating economic situation in the country, the government, poverty and hunger.
The clashes began in the square of Nur and near Cabbana after the protesters began to smash shops, private and public institutions. Several shopping malls were burned after they threw bottles with an incendiary mix.
Army was able to take control of the situation closer to Sunday morning. At the moment in Tripoli, the situation is calm, the excitement stopped.
The mass protests resumed on Thursday in Beirut, Tripoli and other major cities in Lebanon amid reports of a sharp drop in the national currency. Prime Minister Hassan Diyab against the backdrop of unrest declared emergency meeting of the government on Friday morning to discuss the financial situation. The demonstrators started to block roads, to organize pogroms and to participate in clashes with security forces.
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 5 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.