Nothing is very constant in Beirut. Certainly not dreams. But despair isn’t constant either. Beirut is a city to be loved and hated a thousand times a day. Every day. It is exhausting, but it is also beautiful. ― Nasri Atallah.

A traveller tries to make his way despite of a roadblock staged by relatives of Lebanese soldiers and policemen being held hostage by jihadists. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
A traveller tries to make his way despite of a roadblock staged by relatives of Lebanese soldiers and policemen being held hostage by jihadists. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
Lebanese soldiers remove burning tires from the old airport road in Beirut’s southern suburbs as relatives of Lebanese soldiers and policemen being held hostage by jihadists staged a roadblock during a protest to press for their release. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
Lebanese soldiers remove burning tires from the old airport road in Beirut’s southern suburbs as relatives of Lebanese soldiers and policemen being held hostage by jihadists staged a roadblock during a protest to press for their release. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
A passenger carries his bag towards Rafik Hariri international airport after relatives of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers blocked the highway. Relatives of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers are calling on the government to take action to secure the release of the captives. 29 soldiers were abducted following clashes between Lebanese security forces and militants suspected of being part of JAN and IS on 02 August 2014, near the town of Arsal close to the Syrian border. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
A passenger carries his bag towards Rafik Hariri international airport after relatives of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers blocked the highway. Relatives of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers are calling on the government to take action to secure the release of the captives. 29 soldiers were abducted following clashes between Lebanese security forces and militants suspected of being part of JAN and IS on 02 August 2014, near the town of Arsal close to the Syrian border. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Relatives of Lebanese soldiers, kidnapped since August 2014 by militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front (JAN), carry a picture as they block the main road leading to Rafik Hariri international airport. Relatives of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers are calling on the government to take action to secure the release of the captives. 29 soldiers were abducted following clashes between Lebanese security forces and militants suspected of being part of JAN and IS on 02 August 2014, near the town of Arsal close to the Syrian border. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Relatives of Lebanese soldiers, kidnapped since August 2014 by militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front (JAN), carry a picture as they block the main road leading to Rafik Hariri international airport. Relatives of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers are calling on the government to take action to secure the release of the captives. 29 soldiers were abducted following clashes between Lebanese security forces and militants suspected of being part of JAN and IS on 02 August 2014, near the town of Arsal close to the Syrian border. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Lebanese army soldiers and policemen inspect the site of a roadside explosion in the town of Chtaura in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. A bomb went off in Lebanon on Monday targeting a minibus transporting passengers to Syria, and a second explosive device was found near a Lebanese customs office at the Syrian-Lebanese border and defused. (Hassan Abdallah / REUTERS)
Lebanese army soldiers and policemen inspect the site of a roadside explosion in the town of Chtaura in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. A bomb went off in Lebanon on Monday targeting a minibus transporting passengers to Syria, and a second explosive device was found near a Lebanese customs office at the Syrian-Lebanese border and defused. (Hassan Abdallah / REUTERS)
A Lebanese man in a wheelchair performs with his partner during the second International Festival Tango in Byblos. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)
A Lebanese man in a wheelchair performs with his partner during the second International Festival Tango in Byblos. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)
 Police briefly detained a prominent activist during a protest outside the Central Bank after tagging "You Stink" and "Machnouk is corrupt" on a concrete barrier that has the Lebanese flag painted on it. The protesters called on the government to distribute federal money to municipalities in order to allow each town to collect and treat the garbage. (Mohammad Azakir / The Daily Star)
Police briefly detained a prominent activist during a protest outside the Central Bank after tagging “You Stink” and “Machnouk is corrupt” on a concrete barrier that has the Lebanese flag painted on it. The protesters called on the government to distribute federal money to municipalities in order to allow each town to collect and treat the garbage. (Mohammad Azakir / The Daily Star)
Rival Lebanese lawmakers nearly came to blows, shoving and shouting at each other in a vivid illustration of political conflict that is paralysing decision-making and fuelling public discontent. (Abbas Salman)
Rival Lebanese lawmakers nearly came to blows, shoving and shouting at each other in a vivid illustration of political conflict that is paralysing decision-making and fuelling public discontent. (Abbas Salman)
Protesters from the "You Stink" movement demonstrating in the streets of Beirut at 4 o'clock in the morning in anticipation of the dialogue session at noon. The march that started in silent stopped outside the house of Prime Minister Tammam Salam and invited him through slogans to hold a special session waste crisis. (Ali Alloush / Almodon)
Protesters from the “You Stink” movement demonstrating in the streets of Beirut at 4 o’clock in the morning in anticipation of the dialogue session at noon. The march that started in silent stopped outside the house of Prime Minister Tammam Salam and invited him through slogans to hold a special session waste crisis. (Ali Alloush / Al modon)
A flock of migrating birds fly over the capital Beirut, Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
A flock of migrating birds fly over the capital Beirut, Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
Syrian schoolchildren take part in an introductory yoga course organised by Lebanese yogi Danielle Abi-Saab and the Non-Governmental Organization Beyond with the support of the UNICEF, at a makeshift school for Syrian refugees near the town of Zahle, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)
Syrian schoolchildren take part in an introductory yoga course organised by Lebanese yogi Danielle Abi-Saab and the Non-Governmental Organization Beyond with the support of the UNICEF, at a makeshift school for Syrian refugees near the town of Zahle, in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)
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