A Saudi decision to ban Lebanese produce over drug smuggling was a warning against the country's rising lawlessness, but also a message linked to Iran's talks with the kingdom and the role of its militias.
LEBANON IN CRISIS
Lebanon has survived civil war, foreign occupation, political assassinations and other crises over the past 45 years. But the current political and economic disaster -- exacerbated by a massive explosion at the Beirut port in August and the COVID-10 pandemic -- has pushed the country to the brink of starvation. More than half the population is living in poverty. Foreign aid is contingent on government reform that has yet to materialize. Said one Beirut woman, “There is so much sadness and pain."