A year ago a devastating explosion of a stock of ammonium nitrate fertiliser haphazardly stored at Beirut’s port killed more than 200 and left much of it looking like a war zone. The blast, for which no-one has been held accountable, and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, dealt terrible coups de grace to an economy already sinking into what the World Bank describes as the third most severe economic crisis globally since the mid-19th century.

Lebanon’s per capita GDP has plummeted by 40 per cent, pushing nearly half the population below the poverty line and into unemployment. The currency’s collapse by as much as 90 per cent has also seen salary values crash and eaten up life savings. Little wonder thousands have taken to the streets in what is fast becoming a failed and ungovernable state. On Wednesday dozens were injured when police clashed with…

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