Seagulls feed by a sewage disposal on the Mediterranean shores of Dbayeh, north of Beirut on November 17, 2017. AFP / JOSEPH EID
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Just under one fifth of Lebanon's coastal areas surveyed by the National Council for Scientific Research were found to be polluted and unsuitable for swimming, the CNRS's Secretary-General Mouin Hamza said Thursday.A further five were deemed average and 16 good, Hamza said, after the CNRS published a detailed 30-page report on coastal pollution.Areas with average pollution include Akkar's sand-and-pebble beach near Qleiaat airport, Abdel-Wahab Island in Minyeh, Sidon's public beach and Deir al Mkhalles beach, and Sarafand's public beach in the southern district of Tyre.Hamza said social media campaigns and some media reports had added to the public sentiment that "the sea in Lebanon is a lost cause".He added, however, solutions to the coastal pollution issue could be quite straightforward.
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