Lonely Planet Writer

Beirut clashes escalate over rubbish crisis

Protesters, police and army troops have violently clashed in Beirut, leaving at least 44 civilians injured.

Beirut skyline
Beirut skyline Image by Evan bench / CC BY 2.0

Tear gas and water cannons were used on demonstrators. The protests were triggered by the government’s failure to tackle the city’s ongoing waste-disposal crisis, which is being described as the ‘tipping point’ for many Lebanese who already struggle with electricity and power issues. In a televised announcement, Prime Minister Tammam Salam hinted he may resign and warned the country was heading for collapse. Read more: news.sky.com