Conflicts & War

Several injured amid protests over economic crisis in Lebanon

Beirut, Jun 27 (EFE).- At least 18 people were injured overnight in protests against the growing economic crisis in Lebanon as the national currency has plunged to a new record low in the black market, the state-run news agency NNA reported on Sunday.

The NNA said that four of those wounded amid clashes between protesters and security personnel in the northern city of Tripoli had to be transferred to hospitals.

On Saturday, the Lebanese army confirmed in a statement that nine security troops were injured after two young men riding a motorcycle threw a stun grenade at them.

Another soldier sustained injuries when demonstrators hurled stones in Tripoli, the epicenter of the protests that roiled the country in 2019.

The country is experiencing its worst economic crisis since a years-long civil war ended in 1990, with hyperinflation, continuous power cuts, and shortages of medicines, medical supplies and fuel.

The Lebanese pound has lost more than 90% of its value since the anti-government protests broke out in 2019.

Lebanon remains in a political deadlock as Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has failed to form a government since October, following the resignation of the former cabinet in the wake of the devastating Beirut port explosion in August.


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