From the Document: "The coronavirus pandemic has placed an additional burden on Lebanon, which was already experiencing one of the worst crises in its history. With a failing economy, the country is on the verge of insolvency. According to official statistics, so far the number of infected people is relatively low (a few hundred), but the low rate of testing and the concealment of data suggests that the real figure is likely much higher. The Lebanese government has adopted strong measures and announced an emergency situation and nighttime curfew, but is finding it difficult to formulate a plan to emerge from the economic and fiscal crisis. Street protests have died down due to the pandemic, but are likely to be renewed in light of the intensifying crisis. In these circumstances there is heightened pressure on Hezbollah, which is responsible for the appointment of the current Minister of Health. In frequent recorded public addresses, Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah has tried to foster an image of national unity, while simultaneously watching out for his organization's interests. Hezbollah continues to use the border crossings, which are officially closed, particularly the crossing into Syria, and its operatives continue to bring money and weapons into Lebanon."
INSS Insight No. 1294; Institute for National Security Studies Insight No. 1294
Institute for National Security Studies
Institute for National Security Studies: https://www.inss.org.il/