Angry Lebanese protesters have blocked roads in a number of cities, including the capital Beirut, in protest of the deteriorating living conditions and economic meltdown.
Roads were blocked by burning tires and waste containers in central Beirut, Tripoli, Sidon, and Bekaa.
Less than 24 hours before the Beirut protests, residents of Ali Al-Nahri, in the Bekaa Valley, launched their own protests, shouting “we are cold and hungry.”
A spokesperson for the protesters said: “We will take to the streets more frequently in the coming days unless the governing authority puts a stop to the deteriorating living conditions the Lebanese are facing.”
The protest comes at a time when the country’s President Michel Aoun visited Qatar to attend the opening of the FIFA Arab Cup and inaugurate the new Olympic Stadium.
In a meeting with Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, president Aoun discussed his country’s economic meltdown and unprecedented diplomatic crisis.
UNICEF in its latest report said that: “More than 30 percent of families have at least one child in Lebanon who skipped a meal, while 77 percent of families say they lack sufficient food and 60 percent of them buy food by accumulating unpaid bills or borrowing money.”
Since late 2019, Lebanon has been grappling with severe domestic challenges including currency devaluation against the dollar, bad economy, and political turmoil.
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