HRW described the current situation as the product of decades of mismanagement.
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Environment Minister Tarek Khatib denied Monday the existence of a trash crisis in Lebanon, after a Human Rights Watch report raised alarm on the ongoing mismanagement of waste.The position expressed by Khatib Monday sets itself apart from those voiced by former Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk and MPs Walid Jumblatt and Wael Abu Faour on Dec. 2, a day after the report was published.According to information collected by the Civil Defense and published by HRW, Lebanon's Fire Department responded to 3,612 reports of open burning of waste in Beirut and Mount Lebanon, but only 814 in the rest of the country.The environment minister did not give HRW an official response, while informal interviews with the Health Ministry and the Civil Defense were included in the body of the report.
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