Beirut Mayor Bilal Hamad speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Beirut Mayor Bilal Hamad hit back at MP Walid Jumblatt Monday after the latter accused the Beirut Municipality of wasting the capital's money and failing to protect its heritage sites.Jumblatt's comments came in light of a report in Al-Akhbar newspaper Monday saying that the municipality of Beirut agreed to buy six new real estate properties in the capital worth $214.1 million.The report accused Beirut Mayor Bilal Hamad of spending the city's money on the real estate owned by businessmen tied to his political allies for double the actual value of the property. Jumblatt said the municipality's money should instead be used to protect heritage sites.
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