File - Children swim in the Wazzani river, Tuesday, July 10, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The owners of resorts and leisure parks by the Hasbani River say they will press ahead with plans to clean up the area despite Israeli warnings that it will not permit such activity.Army officials from both Lebanon and Israel have met under the auspices of UNIFIL to discuss the issue, as well as a separate dispute over the Nabi Sheaib well in Blida.Lebanese resort owners reject any Israeli claims to the river, however, and say they are intent on continuing to clean the area. MP Hashem said the Blue Line itself was "meaningless" because it was merely a line of withdrawal.He added that Israel's claims to the river were "false and void". Speaking at a news conference at Qaryat Hosn al-Wazzani, Hashem echoed the opinions of resort owners in stating that the river itself was purely Lebanese, and it was therefore the right of every Lebanese citizen to enter the area and invest in it.
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