Lebanon: Beirut wakes up to aftermath of protests as country's pound plunges further

Beirut woke up to damaged buildings, shops and roads on Friday, the day after hundreds marched through the Lebanese capital protesting the collapse of the local currency and the decay of Lebanon's economic conditions. The residents of the country's capital were wary of the worsening economic conditions and the Lebanese pound plunging further against the US dollar. «The economic situation is difficult, the dollar is now selling for five thousand Lebanese pounds and most of the country is going for the unknown,» said one Beirut local whose sentiment was reflected by others. The Lebanese government on Friday agreed to inject more dollars into the market to revive the tumbling currency. The Lebanese pound has lost around 70 per cent of its value since the protests against the deteriorating living conditions started in October 2019.

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