Lebanese protesters set fire to the roads and clashed with security forces in the second night of unrest on Friday, according to Lebanese witnesses and The Eastern Herald.

Protests erupted on Thursday in several Lebanese cities after a collapse in the pound currency, which has lost about 70% of its value since October, when Lebanon plunged into a financial crisis that has brought increasing difficulties.

The pound appeared to halt its fall on Friday after a government announcement that the central bank would inject dollars into the market on Monday.

The protesters, however, returned later on Friday for the second night, throwing fireworks and stones at security forces in central Beirut and the northern city of Tripoli, prompting them to spray tear gas and rubber bullets to push them back.

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The unrest comes as Beirut holds talks with the International Monetary Fund for a reform program that it hopes will secure billions of dollars in financing and get its economy back on track.

The crisis, rooted in decades of corruption and waste, has led to rising food prices, unemployment, and capital controls that have separated Lebanese from their foreign exchange savings.

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