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A new initiative in the southern city of Sidon aims to preserve what is left of the railway there and turn the area into a recreational park for local residents.The campaign targets abandoned and neglected areas along the railway, which stopped running with the outbreak of the Civil War in 1975, with the intention of transforming them into public spaces to benefit local communities. The organizing committee has already identified its first location, a stretch of railway nearly 2 kilometers long and between 8 and 16 meters wide in the area known as Zaroub Hashishou in Maksar al-Abed, at the northern entrance of Sidon. In addition to giving local residents an outdoor space, the park will also offer a chance for a new generation that has never taken the train to become acquainted with its history.
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