Civil Defense volunteers headed to Syria to join humanitarian relief efforts, Beirut, Monday, January 18, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Civil Defense volunteers Monday backed down on their decision to head to neighboring Syria after residents of eastern Lebanon urged them to stay in their country.Reports said the volunteers headed back to Beirut, without elaborating.The surprising reversal comes after the volunteers held a news conference in the morning in Downtown Beirut, and spoke to reporters at the eastern Masnaa border, vowing to enter Syria, and never to return.Civil Defense volunteers in the the coastal Chouf district of Iqlim al-Kharroub and the northern Batroun district blocked roads on officials' inaction to prevent their colleagues from heading to Syria.
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