Lebanon's taxi, bus and van drivers have started the second strike in three weeks, protesting soaring gas prices and the economic crisis.
Taxi and truck drivers blocked main highways and roads throughout the country in protest over worsening economic conditions.
Lebanese TV aired images of men carrying rifles and heavy weaponry as the army reported “bursts of gunfire in Tayouneh–Badaro,” a few blocks from where protesters had gathered moments earlier to demand Judge Bitar’s removal.
Nearly 20 people wounded in clashes between protesters and security forces as economic crisis worsens with pound traded at 17,300-17,500 to US dollar on black market – a record low.
Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab pressures politicians to form a new government, saying the country is confronting enormous challenges that no government can face.
Protests against the country's Covid-19 lockdown have been taking place regularly for almost a week. The clashes with authorities have killed one person and injured hundreds of others.
There is little energy left as the Covid-19 pandemic spreads, unemployment rises and the capital city reels from a huge explosion in August that left thousands homeless.
Soldiers fired rubber bullets and live rounds in the air to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to march to the presidential palace during an anti-government demonstration.
Prime Minister Hassan Diab accuses rivals of mounting a "coup" against his government as currency crisis deepens.
Lebanon is in the grip of its worst economic turmoil in decades and holding talks with the International Monetary Fund to secure billions in aid.
The policy of relying too much on debt to fund the budget has created problems for the young government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab.
The initial rallies last year were sparked by a raft of new taxes, and quickly morphed into a street movement calling for a full overhaul of the political class.
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