A general view of the empty stalls at Souk al-Ahad in Beirut, June 24, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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Lawmakers and officials joined the Sin al-Fil Municipality Monday in calling for the removal of the popular Souk al-Ahad weekend market that for years has been operating near the Beirut River.The source claimed that traffic on roads surrounding the market increases from Friday -- which is when the owners of stalls in the souk begin bringing in their merchandise -- to Sunday, blocking a main road connecting Ashrafieh to Sin al-Fil.Shayya told The Daily Star that many people, including those who operated stalls in Souk al-Ahad, have filed to operate a shop in the Karantina market, which would be ready in about a month.However, at least some non-Lebanese vendors man stalls at the market, and would therefore be prevented from renting a space in Karantina.
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