Beirut Governor Ziad Chebib oversees the removal of political posters in the neighborhood of Hay al-Lija, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Azakir)
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The montage of political posters and party banners that have become part of the cityscapes of Beirut, Sidon and Tripoli were taken down Thursday, in line with an agreement reached during dialogue sessions between the Future Movement and Hezbollah to defuse sectarian tensions in the country.The one exception is Beit Kataeb, one of the headquarters of the Christian group, which still proudly displays portraits of party figures.In the hectic, largely Shiite Zoqaq al-Blat neighborhood, a well-known Amal Movement stand on the corner of a busy intersection leading onto Airport Road had packed up its numerous green signs and posters, rendering it unrecognizable.Down the road, clothing shop owner Siham Ghtaimi said she preferred the streets without the clutter of flags and posters in clashing colors.Up in northern city of Tripoli, a hotspot for sectarian tensions and party-fueled rivalry, a similar cleanup campaign was launched.In the southern coastal city of Sidon, Hezbollah members cleared a party billboard of political announcements and messages. Posters showing "martyred" fighters were also removed, including those of the faces of the six Hezbollah fighters killed by an Israeli airstrike on a party convoy in the Syrian Golan Heights village of Qunaitra last month.
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