Anti-government protesters clashed on Monday (December 9) with soldiers and pro-government demonstrators in front of a politician’s house in Tripoli, northern Lebanon.
Protesters angry at the political establishment gathered in front of the home of lawmaker Faisal Karami where they faced off with a group of his supporters.
The two sides threw stones and glass bottles at each other while the army and security forces attempted to keep them apart.
Video filmed by local broadcaster Al Jadeed showed security forces firing tear gas at protesters, forcing camera crews to run away coughing from the gas.
The state-run agency NNA said some protesters were wounded in the scuffles.
The clashes comes as a tentative deal on a new prime minister unraveled, leaving the country rudderless as it grapples with the worst economic crisis since the 1975-90 civil war.
Six weeks since Saad al-Hariri resigned as prime minister, prompted by protests against the ruling elite, the financial crisis is generating concerns for Lebanon’s stability: banks are enforcing capital controls, dollars are scarce, and the Lebanese pound has lost a third of its value on a black market.
France confirmed it would host an international conference in support of Lebanon on Wednesday (December 11), saying this aimed to press Beirut to quickly form a government to restore the economic situation.