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Lebanon: media, crimes in Beirut increased by 200%

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(ANSAMed) – BEIRUT, DECEMBER 01 – In light of the unprecedented economic crisis, Beirut has become a much more dangerous city than in the past. This was revealed by a study, cited today by the Lebanese media, conducted by a Beirutian analysis company on the increase in criminal activities in the Lebanese capital.

According to International Information, in the first ten months of 2021, home burglaries increased by 266 percent compared to the same period in 2019. And homicides by 101 percent. While car thefts rose 212 percent.

The economic crisis was revealed in the autumn of 2019. The economic default was announced in March 2020. According to the UN, 75 percent of the resident population of Lebanon survives below the poverty line.

The local lira continues to lose its value against the US dollar (in 2019 one dollar was exchanged for 1,500 lire, today for 25 thousand lire). As a result, inflation is skyrocketing and the prices of services and basic necessities have risen exponentially.

This summer there was a severe shortage of gasoline and fuels, as well as medicine, water and electricity.

The explosion in the port of Beirut on 4 August 2020 killed 220 people and damaged a third of the city, injuring more than 6,000 people and forcing 300,000 inhabitants to flee their homes. (ANSAMed).

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