FILE - The site of a building that residents feared its collapse in Beirut's Mathaf area, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The residents of a nine-story building in Beirut's southern suburb Saturday refused to evacuate their apartments, despite safety inspectors' concerns.Around 18 families reside in the building.A three-story building constructed in 1945 was also evacuated in January by police over safety concerns.Several old buildings in Beirut have collapsed entirely or partially in recent years.Renovations in the 1990s, following Lebanon's 15-year civil war, excluded many traditional buildings and several old Beirut structures have entirely or partially collapsed.
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