Saad al Hariri’s resignation as prime minister has left Lebanon without a government for nearly three months, in a time the country has been trying to recover from a deep economic crisis.
Protesters in crisis-hit country clash with security forces in Beirut, a day after demonstrators outraged by restrictions on dollar withdrawals attacked bank branches with metal rods, fire extinguishers, and rocks.
Lebanon is deep in the throes of an economic crisis that has shaken confidence in the country's banks and worsened since the protests erupted on October 17.
Tens of thousands of Lebanese protesters of all ages gathered in major cities and towns nationwide, with each hour bringing hundreds of more people to the streets for the largest anti-government protests yet in four days of demonstrations.
Amid Saudi offers of economic help and Iran’s military support, it might be harder than ever for Lebanon to insulate itself from regional conflict.
The economic and political crises facing Lebanon will not be solved until the political structure is overhauled.
The October 2 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul came as a shock to US and international media circles, with the international community's outrage proving to be a larger jolt to Riyadh.
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