The government has only allowed cars and buses sent strictly by hotels to transport travelers since the new lockdown rules, which are applicable until January 25th, require that those arriving in Beirut must quarantine in a hotel for 72 hours.
When the taxi drivers first arrived at the airport to protest, some were angered to see that the drivers from hotels are there working. They went pounding their fists on cars and displaying their disapproval of the measures that left them without work or income.
“We want to eat,” some taxi drivers shouted.
Dani Hassoun, one of the protesting drivers, told local TV channel Al-Jadeed that around 250 drivers had been left with no income because of the lockdown decision.
“We are in pain, some of us are going hungry,” he said.
In an attempt to restore order, the Army clashed with the drivers. At least three people were injured, with one person currently hospitalized with a punctured lung.