Clashes erupted between anti-government protesters and security forces at demonstrations taking place in Beirut and Tripoli on Friday, June 12. Demonstrators gathered for a second consecutive night over ongoing economic hardship, the fall in the value of the Lebanese pound and the government's handling of the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. According to media sources, protesters set fires on roads and threw fireworks and stones at security forces. Police forces responded by firing tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators in efforts to disperse them. In Beirut, demonstrators gathered on Ring Bridge, Saifi Intersection, and at Al Nour Square and Martyr's Square. In Tripoli, protesters reportedly gathered in Al Nour Square.
Further unrest is anticipated on Sunday, June 14, when protesters are set to gather at 17:00 (local time) at Martyrs' Square in Beirut. Demonstrations in other areas of the country cannot be ruled out.
Individuals in Lebanon are advised to monitor developments, avoid all demonstrations and political gatherings, anticipate a heightened security presence near protest sites, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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