Lebanese banks battered by meltdown struggle to survive


              FILE - A bank employee exits the bank through a window broken by attackers, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. Lebanon's once burgeoning banking sector has been hard hit by the country's historic economic meltdown, suffering staggering losses worth tens of billions of dollars and leaving the future of the small nation's lenders unknown between closures and mergers. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
            
              FILE - Bank customers bang on the metal walls of a bank, during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. April 28, 2020. Lebanon's once burgeoning banking sector has been hard hit by the country's historic economic meltdown, suffering staggering losses worth tens of billions of dollars and leaving the future of the small nation's lenders unknown between closures and mergers. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)
            
              FILE - Lebanese State Security forces surround Lebanese Judge Ghada Aoun, wearing a face mask, as she leaves the entrance of Central Bank following a raid to pursue Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh, who has charged for corruption in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. Lebanon's once burgeoning banking sector has been hard hit by the country's historic economic meltdown, suffering staggering losses worth tens of billions of dollars and leaving the future of the small nation's lenders unknown between closures and mergers. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)
            
              FILE - Protesters throw bottles glasses at the Lebanese Central Bank building, background, where the anti-government demonstrators rally against the Lebanese Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh and the deepening financial crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. Lebanon's once burgeoning banking sector has been hard hit by the country's historic economic meltdown, suffering staggering losses worth tens of billions of dollars and leaving the future of the small nation's lenders unknown between closures and mergers. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
            
              Jinane Hayek, who lost her job as a branch manager at one of the largest banks in Lebanon two years ago, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at her own bakery in Bekfaya town, in the Mount Lebanon governorate, Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. Hayek worked in Lebanon's banking sector for nearly three decades but lost her job after the country's economic meltdown began. The Arabic on the apron reads: "Women of bakery." (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
            
              Jinane Hayek, left, who lost her job as a branch manager at one of the largest banks in Lebanon two years ago, prepares local pastries called "Manakish" at her own bakery in Bekfaya town, in the Mount Lebanon governorate, Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. Hayek worked in Lebanon's banking sector for nearly three decades but lost her job after the country's economic meltdown began.  (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
            
              Jinane Hayek, left, who lost her job as a branch manager at one of the largest banks in Lebanon two years ago, works at her own bakery in Bekfaya town, in the Mount Lebanon governorate, Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. Hayek worked in Lebanon's banking sector for nearly three decades but lost her job after the country's economic meltdown began. Lebanon's once burgeoning banking sector has been hard hit by the country's historic economic meltdown, suffering staggering losses worth tens of billions of dollars and leaving the future of the small nation's lenders unknown between closures and mergers. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
            
              Jinane Hayek, who lost her job as a branch manager at one of the largest banks in Lebanon two years ago, works at her own bakery in Bekfaya town, in the Mount Lebanon governorate, Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. Hayek worked in Lebanon's banking sector for nearly three decades but lost her job after the country's economic meltdown began. Lebanon's once burgeoning banking sector has been hard hit by the country's historic economic meltdown, suffering staggering losses worth tens of billions of dollars and leaving the future of the small nation's lenders unknown between closures and mergers. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
            FILE - Lebanese army soldiers stand guard in front of a branch of the Credit Libanais Bank that was set on fire by anti-government protesters, in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon, April 28, 2020. Lebanon's once burgeoning banking sector has been hard hit by the country's historic economic meltdown, suffering staggering losses worth tens of billions of dollars and leaving the future of the small nation's lenders unknown between closures and mergers. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)
Lebanese banks battered by meltdown struggle to survive