Lebanon: a big toll from yesterday's events and continued road blocking

On Wednesday, the Lebanese authorities announced that 47 members of the Internal Security Forces were wounded, including four officers, while 59 people were arrested in the five-hour clashes in the center of the capital Beirut, while confrontations and bandits continued.

The Beirut Hamra area, near the central bank and the Ministry of the Interior, witnessed violent clashes that continued until dawn between the demonstrators and a riot police force.

The security forces explained that those stationed in front of the central bank threw stones and firecrackers at the security elements, as they removed wooden obstacles, and broke the guard room in front of the central bank, trying to enter the bank, before they were prevented.

The security forces reported that, "after continuing to destroy public and private property in Hamra Street and separate places, the Director General of the Internal Security Forces gave orders to act to drop tear gas and disperse the protesters."

Protesters in Lebanon blocked the roads in more than one region, on Wednesday, for the second day in a row in the context of what they call "the week of anger", with more than 90 days since the protests in the country.

In Sidon, the Bekaa and the north, the main roads and intersections are still closed by the protesters, while the roads in the capital Beirut and the coastal "Highway" north and south remain impassable until this hour, with calls for their closure during daylight hours.

Clashes erupted between demonstrators and the Lebanese security forces, on Tuesday, in front of the Central Bank of Lebanon, amid a protest against the ruling class in the country.

The demonstrators returned in a number of Lebanese regions, on Tuesday, to gather in protest against the faltering government formation and the intensification of the economic and financial crisis, three months after the launch of unprecedented demonstrations against the political class.

J.O


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