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.
Lebanon is currently experiencing a severe fuel shortage and the past week has seen multiple incidents of tankers being hijacked. Hospitals have warned that they are low on fuel and may be forced to shut down.
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.
The country's deeply divided political class has so far failed to reach any consensus on a suitable candidate to be prime minister, a position always held by a Sunni Muslim.
The effects of an August 4 blast were felt all over the Lebanese capital but some of the worst damage was in the Gemayzeh and Mar Mikhael neighbourhoods a short distance from the port.
The EU move came as France President Macron said that France will organise a conference in the next few days to raise money for food, medicine, housing and other urgent aid.
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