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One dead, dozens injured in Lebanon riots with banks smashed

14:05, Wednesday, 29 April, 2020
One dead, dozens injured in Lebanon riots with banks smashed

One man died on Tuesday after violent clashes in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli that left dozens injured after the Lebanese army used live fire, rubber-coated rounds, and tear gas to clear angry protesters.
     Thousands of protesters across Lebanon blocked roads, attacked banks, and marched through streets throughout Monday in response to the local currency's rapid devaluation, which has led millions to lose more than half the value of their salaries and savings.
     A 26-year-old man's sister, Fatima Fouad, said in a Facebook post that her brother, Fouaz Fouad al-Seman, died as a result of live gunfire by Lebanese soldiers.
     An army source confirmed to Al Jazeera that troops used live fire, but said they shot in the air, not at protesters. The source also confirmed a man died, but said it was unclear how, adding rubber-coated bullets and tear gas were used on demonstrators.
     Lebanon is suffering its worst-ever financial crisis that has led to a dollar shortage, which in turn has seen the Lebanese pound tumble by more than 50 percent in the last six months.
     Unprecedented anti-establishment protests that began last October had mostly disappeared as the country went into lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic, but dire living conditions brought people back to the streets in at least two-dozen locations since Sunday.

One dead, dozens injured in Lebanon riots with banks smashed
One dead, dozens injured in Lebanon riots with banks smashed
One dead, dozens injured in Lebanon riots with banks smashed
One dead, dozens injured in Lebanon riots with banks smashed
One dead, dozens injured in Lebanon riots with banks smashed
One dead, dozens injured in Lebanon riots with banks smashed
One dead, dozens injured in Lebanon riots with banks smashed
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