Lebanon: Tripoli banks, stores severely damaged after riots

Burnt and damaged commercial activities were seen in the Lebanese city of Tripoli on Wednesday after protests against deteriorating economic conditions turned violent on Tuesday. Footage shows damaged and burnt storefronts and banks with broken windows in the aftermath of Tuesday night's confrontation between demonstrators and the Lebanese army, which were prompted by the reported killing of one... Еще demonstrator by the army the night before. One Tripoli resident Wednesday expressed his support for the Lebanese army, deeming any violence against it «unacceptable.» «It is forbidden to encroach upon the army, they are our sons and our children, and no one accepts the encroachment upon the army at all, they are the authority that protects this land,» another Tripoli resident said. Protests in the country broke out in October against government corruption, as Lebanon was facing its worst economic crisis in decades, with soaring unemployment and the local currency losing value against the dollar. The lockdown imposed to battle the spread of coronavirus has further aggravated the fledgeling Lebanese economy, prompting fresh protests.

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