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Anti-government protesters hurl stones at soldiers during clashes in Tripoli, Lebanon, on Tuesday, April 28.

Diego Ibarra Sánchez

Photographs by Diego Ibarra Sánchez

Updated 1702 GMT (0102 HKT) April 30, 2020

Anti-government protesters hurl stones at soldiers during clashes in Tripoli, Lebanon, on Tuesday, April 28.

Diego Ibarra Sánchez

Lebanon is in turmoil.

The country's long-running financial crisis, which led to the resignation of its prime minister in October, has only gotten worse because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Before the pandemic, the World Bank projected that 45% of people in Lebanon would be below the poverty line in 2020. Now the government believes that up to 75% of people are in need of aid, Social Affairs Minister Ramzi Musharrafieh told CNN.

Anti-government protesters returned to the street with a vengeance this week after nearly two months on lockdown. In Tripoli, the country's second-largest city and its poorest, protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at banks and clashed with security forces.

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