Arab tourists take a boat tour in the lower cave of the Jeita Grotto during a tour in the cave (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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The general manager of the company that oversees the famous Jeita Grotto in Mount Lebanon has been in custody since Saturday night and is being questioned, one day after an Egyptian tourist drowned in the grotto's river, the state-run National News Agency said.On Sunday, Tourism Minister Michel Pharaoun assured that the grotto's lower basin will not open to the public until it is 100 percent safe for visitors, after current safety measures being implemented at the natural site were brought to light.According to Mapas' Haddad, Mina Ashraf fell into the freezing river, located in the grotto's lower basin, after scuffling with other members of his tour group.Mapas said Saturday that the incident was the first of its kind in 21 years, and announced that the caves would be closed Sunday in light of the accident.
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