Beirut Municipality building. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Following outrage by city residents and dog owners, the Beirut municipality backed down on proposed plans to ban dogs from public places in Beirut Friday, but it insisted that new guidelines were needed. The plans, announced Wednesday, proposed that both walking dogs and smoking narguileh in popularly frequented areas of the city, as well as riding motorbikes on sidewalks, should be banned. Many city residents took to social media throughout the week to decry the moves and question their logic. Friday's statement elaborated neither on what the new guidelines would entail nor what constitutes "violations by dog owners," but throughout the week, many turned to social media to express disbelief at the proposed ruling.
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