A rider covers his face as he drives past a pile of waste in al-Tarik al-Jadidah, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Efforts to reach an agreement to end a sit-in near a waste dump south of Beirut hit a dead end Sunday, as garbage piled up on the streets of the capital and across Mount Lebanon for a third day.Locals and environmental activists protesting at the overflowing Naameh waste dump are calling for the permanent closure of the landfill, arguing that it has become a health hazard for residents. Rubbish collected in the two areas is normally taken to Naameh, but Sukleen said protesters were blocking the road to the waste dump.Men, women and children from Naameh and surrounding villages joined the environmental activists for the sit-in during its third day.
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