Children in Tripoli protest Friday against a project to build an underground parking lot in the city's historic al-Tal area. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas lashed out at former Prime Minister Najib Mikati Friday, accusing him of obstructing development projects, including a controversial underground parking lot, in the northern city of Tripoli.The war of words between Derbas, who is close to Prime Minister Tammam Salam, and Mikati, both natives of Tripoli, cast gloom over attempts to carry out development projects in Lebanon's second largest city, which has been ravaged by several rounds of sectarian fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the past few years.The Tripoli municipality has vowed to go ahead with a project to build an underground parking lot in Tripoli's historical Al-Tal Square despite Mikati's opposition and vehement protests from civil society denouncing the move.Derbas strongly defended the project.
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