The excavation site belongs to the same plot of land as Horsh Beirut but is separated from the park’s main body by Gamal Abdel-Nasser Street. (The Daily Star/Timour Azhari)
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Rapid excavation work was ongoing Wednesday for a new General Security building at Horsh Beirut, despite Beirut's governor saying he had ordered a halt to the latest development project on the capital's biggest green space.Skafi pointed to the exposed site of the excavation, which while belonging to the same plot of land as Horsh Beirut – Plot 1925 – is separated from the park's main body by Gamal Abdel-Nasser Street, near the Tayyouneh roundabout.Chebib told local daily Al-Akhbar in comments published Tuesday that he had ordered the works be halted, adding that Beirut Municipality had not issued a building permit for that site.Ayoub told The Daily Star Wednesday that those he held primarily responsible for the works not being halted were Beirut's governor, the Interior Ministry – as the state organ that governs the security agencies – and General Security itself.Then, with the expansion of Beirut's road network, sections of the park became cut off from its main body into small green areas that Fawaz said were ideal for use as communal playgrounds or as small parks with benches for the elderly.
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