Environment Minister Tarek Khatib inspects the polluted al-Jawz river on Jan. 8, 2018. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh HO)
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Environment Minister Tarek Khatib Monday referred to Syrian refugees in the country as a "ticking time bomb," after he visited a polluted river in the north Lebanon.Sunday's report also stated that the pollution was due to some 1,200 Syrian refugees living in the Beit Chlala village, alongside only 300 Lebanese residents.This initial figure of refugees contradicted the number presented by the minister the day after – his was slightly higher, at 1,400 .However, the suggested solution only tackles one aspect of more than a decade-long environmental problem, Khatib is yet to acknowledge.
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