BEIRUT: Tenants of a building that has been deemed structurally unsafe in the northern city of Tripoli protested Saturday the failure of authorities to provide them with alternative accommodation.
Residents tried to storm the nine-story Al-Manar building in the Abu Samra neighborhood which was evacuated early last week after engineers deemed the structure unsafe.
A number of them also scuffled with police who have been stationed outside the building with instructions to bar access to the structure for safety reasons.
As part of their protest, the residents blocked the road nearby with burning tires and urged officials to resolve their case. The tenants have been without alternative accommodation for more than 10 days.
The building is at risk of collapsing after cracks appeared last week in its foundations. The cracks resulted from the illegal construction of two additional floors by Hilal al-Mir, one of the building’s residents.
Municipal engineers have recommended the building be demolished.
One of Mir’s neighbors told The Daily Star last week that Mir had ignored orders from the municipal police and the security forces to stop the illegal construction.
The neighbor alleged that Mir “is protected by his cousin who works as a bodyguard for caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati.”