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Protesters blocked Beshara al-Khoury street in Beirut with burning tires on Tuesday evening.. (Credit: João Sousa/L’Orient Today)


Public Works and Transport Ministry has approved a nominally temporary increase all public transportation tariffs by 30 percent. The “service” shared taxi rose from LL3,000 to LL4,000, while bus prices increased from LL1,500 to LL2,000. The hike comes amid rising fuel prices


The Lebanese army said it distributed about LL3.73 billion today in aid to owners of houses damaged by the Aug. 4 Beirut port explosion, covering 570 housing units over several areas. The disbursement of a total of LL150 billion is set to resume tomorrow


Demonstrators have blocked multiple roads across the country, including Riad al-Solh in Beirut, Beit Shama in Baalbeck and Ablah roundabout in Zahle in protest against the deterioration of the Lebanese lira


FPM deputies submitted an urgent law to Parliament requesting a LL1.5 trillion advance payment ($1 billion at the official rate) to cover Electricité du Liban’s projected deficit for the year. Without the funds, EDL cannot import fuel to provide electricity in the coming months


After a meeting with BDL Gov. Riad Salameh, President Michel Aoun said that he had asked Salameh for the reasons behind the lira’s drop to record low rate of LL10,000 to the dollar. He called for prosecution of those involved in illegal speculation against the national currency


One man has died and four others were injured in an explosion at a metal scrapyard in Tripoli’s Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood, the NNA reports. The cause of the explosion is not yet known and the injured have been taken to nearby hospitals


Bassam Tleis, the head of the land transport unions, has said in a statement that public transport prices will increase by 30% amid rising fuel and operational costs. A formal announcement of the hikes will be made later today by the Public Works and Transport Ministry, he added


The International Committee of the Red Cross has handed over to the Lebanese army Hussein Abu Qais, a Lebanese citizen who entered the occupied Palestinian territories near the town of Shebaa on Sunday and was arrested by the Israeli military, the army says in a statement


A small group of protesters is touring the streets of Tripoli chanting “exchangers are thugs.” Protests and roadblocks sprang up across the country on Tuesday after the Lebanese pound fell to LL10,000 to the dollar for the first time in Lebanon’s history


Protesters have blocked the Palma highway in Tripoli and roads in Chekka and Ghazieh, the Traffic Management Center reports. Video from the Palma highway posted on social media shows protesters standing by burning tires in the center of the road, calling for others to join them


Électricité du Liban’s chief also said that a third fuel tanker will unload its cargo for the two Turkish power barges off Lebanon’s coast once Banque du Liban’s letter of credit for the shipment is confirmed, with delivery expected before the end of the week


The head of Lebanon’s state electricity firm told Today that he expects tankers to deliver fuel to the Deir Ammar and Jiyyeh power plants, where fuel stocks are running low, between Wednesday and Thursday. The country has been suffering from increased power outages



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