Hundreds Rally in Lebanese Capital Over Economic Woes - Photos, Video

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BEIRUT (Sputnik) - Hundreds of Lebanese protesters gathered Sunday in the streets of the national capital to protest economic hardships, a Sputnik correspondent reported from Beirut.

Large crowds rallied outside the government building and on Banks Street after heeding a call for action spread on social media.

Dozens of youths set fire to tire piles, blocking a busy traffic tunnel that leads to the central Hamra street.

​Demonstrations prompted by fears of a nearing economic collapse were also held in the northern town of Hermel and in the city of Baalbek farther south.

​A nationwide strike last week shut 97 percent of gas stations, whose owners said they needed more dollars to pay fuel distributors. The national miller association warned of a grain shortage for the same reason.

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