Civil Defense volunteers rally in Beirut's Riad al-Solh Square, Thursday, March 16, 2017. (The Daily Star/Ahmad Azakir)
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Civil Defense volunteers rallied in Beirut's Riad al-Solh Square on Thursday after lawmakers failed to discuss a bill that would permanently employ Lebanon's volunteer corps of rescue workers.Lawmakers on Wednesday began discussing the new wage hike for civil servants and public and private teachers. They still have not discussed several draft laws, including Civil Defense article 22, which would reorganize the Directorate General of Civil Defense and permanently employ the volunteers.There are an estimated 2,553 Civil Defense volunteers in Lebanon.
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