At least 115 people were injured Thursday in clashes between protesters and security forces in Tripoli district north of the Lebanese capital of Beirut.
The protesters gathered in the center of Tripoli in the afternoon and marched to the governor’s office in Sahet Al Nour square.
The clashes continued in Sahet Al Nour and nearby streets and Tripoli City Hall was set on fire.
A group of people in Abdul Hamid Karami Square in Tripoli started the fire by throwing Molotov cocktails at the city hall, according to local media.
Most of the documents inside the building were burned and the building was damaged, but no casualties were reported.
The municipal government has been standing by the protesters seeking their rights for more than a year, Tripoli Mayor Riad Yamak said in a statement.
Yamak said that those who set fire to the city hall were not the protesters seeking their rights and that this move was carried out to cast a shadow on the rightful demands of the demonstrators.
“Why did the Lebanese army stand by and watch the brigades, the municipality and facilities burned down, and who will protect Tripoli if the army fails to protect it?” Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri tweeted.
The Lebanese Red Cross said six people were transported to hospitals and 106 were treated at the scene.
In addition, demonstrations in solidarity with the protesters were staged in the southern city of Sidon and the eastern Baalbek region.
The Lebanese government has announced that it is extending a nationwide curfew to Feb. 8 as part of measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.