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Beirut area forecast: Stinky with a chance of garbage

People block a road in Naameh as they protest the landfill, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: Protesters blocked off once more the entrance to the Naameh landfill Tuesday evening after authorities failed to announce the permanent closure of the site by the 6 p.m. deadline set by demonstrators. The return of the protesters marks an end to the 48-hour reprieve the Metro Beirut area enjoyed Monday and Tuesday after a three-day sit-in paralyzed trash collection over the weekend, leaving mountains of refuse throughout the city and its suburbs.

On Sunday, protesters agreed to grant Sukleen access to the landfill for two days but vowed to resume their obstruction if the government did not offer a radical solution.

Local residents complain the dump is overflowing and filled with hazardous material, posing a health and environmental hazard. On Friday, they launched an open-ended sit-in calling for the closure of the site within a year and the disposal of only biodegradable material in the meantime.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 22, 2014, on page 3.




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