MP Paula Yacoubian speaks during the St. Simon protest Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (The Daily Star/ Paula Yacoubian's office, HO)
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Residents of Jnah's St. Simon and Ramlet al-Baida Sunday protested the cutting of fresh water and demanded its return, the state-run National News Agency reported. The areas' residents, fishermen's syndicate and East Beirut MP Paula Yacoubian blocked the area's main road before turning to the beach for a cleanup.The head of the fishermen's syndicate Idrees Atrees called on Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and Speaker Nabih Berri to address the needs of St. Simon residents, saying they receive fresh water for one day each month.Many residents resort to buying fresh water from suppliers.Lebanon has experienced severe water shortages over recent years, with residents across the country complaining of shortages in the government supply, which has been partly blamed on a lack of rainfall.
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