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Protesters in Lebanon clash with police over virus lockdown

first_imgBEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces have opened fire in violent clashes with dozens of protesters who took to the street in the country’s north for a third consecutive day. The protesters in the city of Tripoli are denouncing deteriorating living conditions amid a strict lockdown aimed at curbing a dramatic rise in coronavirus cases and COVID-19 fatalities in the small, crisis-hit country.  Police say they were responding to hand grenades thrown by the protesters at security forces, injuring nine policemen.  Dozens of protesters were injured in the confrontations. The violence marks a sharp escalation in the confrontations that began Monday. Tripoli is the second largest in Lebanon and the most impoverished.last_img

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