The Ramlet al-Baida public beach in Beirut, Sunday, June 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
A previous version of this article erroneously stated that Judge al-Hasan’s decision was issued on June 4, 2015. In fact, the decision was issued on April 9, 2015. The Daily Star regrets this error.
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Public Works Minister Ghazi Zeaiter vowed Monday to prevent the closure of Beirut's only public beach after a judge ordered its entrances shut in April following petitions by private developers.On April 9, Beirut Judge of Urgent Matters Zalfa al-Hasan issued a decision to cordon off three major sections of the beach that cover roughly 28,000 square meters of Ramlet al-Baida, a popular destination for Beirut's low-income families who cannot afford the exuberant entrance fees charged at private resorts.Two real estate companies, Mediterranean Real Estate and Bahr Real Estate, both owned by businessman Wissam Ashour, claim ownership of those three sections of the beach, numbered 4026, 4027 and 2369 .
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