70 More Injured In Clashes Between Protesters, Riot Police In Lebanon

BEIRUT, Jan 20 (NNN-NNA) – Clashes between protesters and riot police continued on Sunday evening, in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, leaving 70 injured, local TV channel reported.

Among the injured, 30 people were transported by the Lebanese Red Cross to nearby hospitals, said the report.

Protesters attempted to break into parliament by throwing stones at security forces, who used water cannons to disperse them.

Meanwhile, Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, called for an urgent security meeting to be held on Monday (today), with defence and interior ministers and security agencies, to discuss the latest developments.

Heavy clashes started a day earlier, due to the failure of the ruling political class to adopt quick measures to save the deteriorating economy prevailing in the country.

Saturday’s clashes caused a total of 169 injuries, according to the Lebanese Red Cross.

Protests escalated in the past few days due to officials’ failure to form a cabinet of independent ministers, capable of dealing with the country’s different crises.– NNN-NNA