Since 2019, a deepening political, financial and economic crises have led to protests against politicians, corruption and living standards.

There are a wide range of humanitarian needs with refugees making up 30% of the population. Generalised insecurity has made it difficult for aid agencies to operate safely and securely. 

The Beirut port explosion prompted several aid agencies to carry out security reviews, instructing staff to remain at home, and in some cases to suspend programmes. The explosion caused over 180 deaths and injured more than 6,000 people, destroyed several major hospitals, some 20 clinics, and over 120 schools. Data

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Aid in Danger

In 2020, generalised insecurity affected aid operations, assets and staff. Aid delivery was disrupted by shootings more than once in Baalbek-Hermel governorate. Allegations of misconduct by aid agencies or staff, as well as state intervention have impeded aid agencies’ operational space.

Aid vehicles were taken in armed carjacking’s in Beqaa and Baalbek-Hermel governorates. Theft of staff personal property and small amounts of money occurred in various locations in the country. Staff experienced threats, sexual harassment, and beneficiary or protester violence whilst working on project sites.

Aid agencies issued security instructions such as staff hibernation, limited staff movement and programme suspensions in response to the general security context, including crossfire shooting, police raids, armed robberies and carjacking’s. Data