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Panic in Tripoli neighborhood as building nears collapse

Authorites have evacuated Bab al-Tabanneh over fears that this building is about to collapse in Tripoli, Friday, July 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Fathi Masri)

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: The Tripoli neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh was evacuated Friday and its streets were closed after an old abandoned building showed clear signs of collapse.

The Lebanese Army closed roads leading to the building's street and evacuated nearby residences as panic dominated the neighborhood.

The ground floor of the building is occupied by fruit and vegetable shops, but the upper floors have been abandoned for many years.

The Daily Star had reported the dangerous signs in the building more than two years ago, after the Engineering Department of Tripoli's Municipality confirmed the need to evacuate the shops and take the building down.

 

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