Protesters torch four banks in northern Lebanon

Beirut (dpa) - Lebanese protesters returned to the streets on Tuesday, attacking and burning banks in northern Lebanon to protest the deteriorating economic situation in the country.

According to witnesses in Tripoli, protesters took to the streets and torched four banks in the city.
Violence erupted following the funeral of Fawaz Samman, a 26-year-old man who died of wounds suffered during overnight clashes between protesters and the army in the northern city.
The incident prompted the army to fire tear gas at the protesters to stop them.
According to local television stations, Samman was shot in the leg with a live bullet shortly after he left his shop in Tripoli.
The Lebanese army expressed sorrow for Samman's death and said it has opened an investigation into the incident.
Earlier on Tuesday, the army called on the protesters to continue demonstrating peacefully but to stop "damaging public property."
The value of the Lebanese pound against the dollar has been declining since October, when demonstrators took to the streets calling for economic reforms and accusing the ruling class of corruption.

Tuesday, April 28th 2020

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