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Naameh residents stage sit-in over landfill

  • People protest the landfill in the southern city of Naameh, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Residents of Naameh and surrounding villages were joined by environmental activists Friday to launch an open sit-in against the Naameh landfill and the recent decision to extend Sukleen’s contract to manage it. 

The Naameh landfill was created in 1997 following the closure of the Normandy seafront dump in Beirut. 

Naameh was initially supposed to operate for six years, but it continues to receive garbage from the Metro Beirut area and the local community has been complaining for years that it is filled far beyond capacity and poses a health and environmental risk.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 18, 2014, on page 3.
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