In 1985, the buildings were badly damaged when Israeli forces made their way from Sidon to Kfar Falous. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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After a more than 30-year hiatus, an agreement has been reached to revive an academic hub project first spearheaded by former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in the Jezzine town of Kfar Falous. The restored campus of Rafik Hariri Academic City, named after the late premier who launched the project in 1980, will span 2 million square meters. The project was revived through a deal brokered by Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai between the site's owners, the Maronite Church and the Hariri family.Speaking at a news conference Thursday, Sidon Bishop Maroun al-Ammar thanked Rai for communicating with the Hariri family and negotiating an agreement.Ammar said the Maronite Church's ambitions for the academic city's reincarnation went beyond the original plans, as the facilities must meet the area's contemporary medical and educational needs.
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