Lebanon’s police clear protest camps in Beirut as coronavirus curfew takes effect

Protestors told local media that police came at 6:30 p.m. without any warning and told them to leave immediately. (File/AFP)
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Updated 28 March 2020

Lebanon’s police clear protest camps in Beirut as coronavirus curfew takes effect

  • Coronavirus has so far killed eight people and infected 391
  • The protest camps have been a permanent fixture in Downtown Beirut since anti-government protests

Lebanese riot police cleared dozens of protesters camps in Downtown Beirut on Friday evening as the country’s curfew measures came into effect, local media reported.

Protestors told local media, The Daily Star, that police came at 6:30 p.m. without any warning and told them to leave immediately.

“When people refused, they attacked and destroyed every tent,” one protester told the daily.

The protest camps have been a permanent fixture in Downtown Beirut since nationwide anti-government protests erupted on Oct. 17 last year.

Information Minister Manal Abdel-Samad said on Thursday that the coronavirus lockdown measures would be extended by an additional two weeks and announced the introduction of a curfew between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. local time.

Coronavirus lockdown measures were first introduced on March 15 and were due to end by March 29 but have now been extended until April 12 as the country continues to battle against the virus. The virus has so far killed eight people and infected 391.


UAE confirms 661 new coronavirus cases

Updated 38 min 41 sec ago

UAE confirms 661 new coronavirus cases

  • There were two fatalities overnight, raising the death toll to 264
  • A total of 386 people were cleared of COVID-19 infections

DUBAI: The UAE has recorded 661 new coronavirus cases overnight after conducting additional 37,000 tests, bringing the country’s total to 34,557, the health ministry said.
There were also two fatalities overnight, raising the death toll to 264, state news agency WAM reported citing the ministry.
But 386 people meanwhile were cleared of COVID-19 infections, raising the number of patient recovery to 17,932.
The ministry urged people to follow social distancing and other preventive measures to avoid coronavirus transmission.