File - A sign showing the directions to Bint Jbeil, Maroun al-Rass, Aith al-Jabal and Hadatha. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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As residents of the Israeli town of Avivim grapple to fight swarms of flies that have infested their lands and streets, residents of the Lebanese village of Maroun al-Ras about 6 kilometers away do not seem to share the same woes. According to Israeli daily Haaretz, Avivim has been suffering from a plague of flies that has forced residents to closet themselves in their homes and affected their income. When contacted by The Daily Star, several farmers in Maroun al-Ras – which stands opposite to Avivim on the border – confirmed that.Another neighbor, Shira Peretz, who has lived in Avivium for half a year, told Haaretz that the windows of her closed patio are covered with flies.
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