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Residents flee in fear of Beirut building collapse

People gather near a building, center, that was evacuated after residents feared it might collapse in Beirut’s al-Tariq al-Jadideh neighborhood, Friday, April 5, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Residents of a 10-story building in Beirut’s al-Tariq al-Jadideh neighborhood evacuated overnight after feeling a shake, a security source told the Daily Star Friday.

The source said that the residents of all 20 apartments in the Al-Ahram building, near Makassed Hospital, fled the building late Thursday evening after feeling the building shake.

Shortly afterwards, tenants of another building nearby decided to evacuate over safety concerns.

An engineering team dispatched by the Municipality of Beirut Friday reported the presence of a construction site next to the buildings.

The team was yet to determine if the Al-Ahram building, or the one adjacent to it, are at risk from the construction site, the source added.





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