The Coronavirus Has Made Even Beirut Go Quiet

Mary P. Humphrey

BEIRUT—Before the coronavirus pandemic, most nights the streets in Beirut’s busiest neighborhoods were loaded with honking horns, window-rattling bass beats and the shouts of anticorruption activists marching toward Martyrs’ Square. Now, with Covid-connected restrictions in spot, the city closes up—and quiets down—as the sun sets. The evening silence gave way […]

BEIRUT—Before the coronavirus pandemic, most nights the streets in Beirut’s busiest neighborhoods were loaded with honking horns, window-rattling bass beats and the shouts of anticorruption activists marching toward Martyrs’ Square.

Now, with Covid-connected restrictions in spot, the city closes up—and quiets down—as the sun sets. The evening silence gave way to a new audio: the nasal hum of a surveillance drone—most very likely Israeli—circling off Lebanon’s Mediterranean Coast.

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