BAALBEK, Lebanon, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Hundreds of people demonstrated on the streets of the ancient Lebanese town of Baalbek on Saturday, blocking roads with burning tyres to protest against rising heating fuel prices.Chanting "Heating fuel, people are dying" and anti-government slogans, the demonstrators blocked the main highway leading to the town in the eastern Bekaa Valley.

Internal security forces and the army were trying to open the roads but did not attempt to disperse the crowd."So far, it is about people expressing their anger," a security source said. "We will only intervene if the situation escalates."Fuel is the main source of heating in the poor region, where temperatures can fall below freezing during the winter. An average family spends around $1000 on heating between October and April