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Lebanon protests .. Wounded in an arson attack on demonstrators in Beirut

The driver ran over the demonstrators, after insisting on overcoming the obstacles they were looking for and passing through them

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Seven Lebanese protesters were wounded, Saturday evening, in an arson attack against protesters on a main road south of the capital, Beirut.

The official Lebanese News Agency stated that a problem occurred between a number of protesters (against the deterioration of living conditions) who were crossing the main road of Choueifat, and a car driver insisted on overcoming obstacles and passing through it.

“After the protesters refused to allow him to pass, the driver ran them over, wounding 7 of them,” the agency added, without giving details of their health condition.

It indicated that the security forces arrested the driver of the car, while the demonstrators destroyed the car and set it on fire.

On Saturday, the Lebanese capital Beirut and Tripoli witnessed protests for the fifth consecutive day, in opposition to living conditions and against the sharp decline in the value of the local currency, the “lira”.

The local currency fell to its lowest level, exceeding for the first time 10 thousand pounds against one dollar on the black market, while the official price of the dollar is still 1510 pounds.

On Saturday, the caretaker prime minister, Hassan Diab, threatened to stop his work to pressure the formation of a new government, stressing that “social conditions are getting worse, and political conditions are getting more complicated.”

Due to differences between the political forces, Lebanon has not yet been able to form a new government since the resignation of the Diab government on August 10, 6 days after the catastrophic explosion in the port of the capital, Beirut.

On October 22, Lebanese President Michel Aoun assigned Saad Hariri to form a government, after Mustafa Adib apologized for the failure of his mission to form a government.

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