Residents protest the installation of high-voltage power lines in Mansourieh, Lebanon, May 7, 2019. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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A scuffle broke out Tuesday between security forces and residents of Mansourieh over the installation of high-voltage power lines, leading to condemnation from the Maronite Church. Installation of the power lines was meant to begin Tuesday, but work was temporarily stopped after Mansourieh residents marched in protest to one of the two installation sites, located within private property.The scuffle, which involved Kataeb MP Elias Hankash, occurred after security forces arrived on the private site to oversee the protest, local TV channel MTV reported.Hankash was present to protest the installation. He urged President Michel Aoun and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai to intervene to "solve the issue and take citizens [of Mansourieh] out of harm's way". Residents of the area have long complained that installation of the high-voltage power lines would have a direct impact on their health. TV channels showed workers contracted by EDL continuing with work on the power lines, apparently undeterred by the protests.
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