Lebanese security forces stand guard outside the entrance of a Fransabank branch in Lebanon's southern city of Sidon on April 25, 2020, after unknown assailants targeted the bank entrance with an explosive device. Lebanon is grappling with a severe lack of liquidity and its worst economic crisis in decades, compounded since mid-March by a lockdown to stem the novel coronavirus. Banks have gradually restricted dollar withdrawals until halting them altogether last month, and transfers abroad have been banned. In recent months, the Lebanese pound has plummeted in value from around 1,500 pounds against the US dollar to almost 3,800 on the parallel market. / AFP / Mahmoud ZAYYAT
Lebanese security forces guard the entrance of a Fransabank branch in the southern city of Saida that was attacked with an explosive device on April 25, 2020. AFP

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