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A new report released Friday by HRW highlighted how the Lebanese government's failure to stamp out the practice of waste burning endangers the health of residents like Leila, violating basic human rights as well as international conventions.Based on data from the Environment Ministry and the United Nations Development Program, 941 open dumps have been recorded as of 2017, including 617 municipal solid waste dumps. From the beginning of that crisis until June 30, 2017, Lebanon's fire department said it responded to 3,612 reports of open burning of waste in Beirut and Mount Lebanon, and 814 in the rest of the country, the report found.However, HRW stressed that the problem has existed for much longer. However, this body does not have the capacity to properly react to the problem, HRW says.HRW also did not receive an official comment from the Environment Ministry in response to its report, though one did come from the Public Health Ministry.HRW pledged to continue in its lobbying activity with the government and said it hoped to further collaborate with a number of local organizations.
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