Escalating protests in Lebanon

BEIRUT – After a tense night, riots and skirmishes between protesters and the Lebanese Army led to the wounding of 34 civilians and two soldiers. While some shops have reopened their doors amid restrictions imposed on civilian movement, many have chosen to remain closed.

In the morning, protesters re-closed all entrances to Tripoli’s Al-Nour Square and cut off the main roads connecting northern Lebanon with barricades of tires and cars.

The protests in Tripoli coincide with mounting calls to protest in the center of Beirut and in front of the way to Presidential Palace. Informed sources in Beirut reported that protesters had cut off the Saida–Sour highway in southern Lebanon.