Army to Continue Cannabis Crops Destruction on Tuesday

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The army is set to continue destroying cannabis fields in northern Bekaa despite the objection of the residents, who deem them as their only source to earn a decent living, An Nahar newspaper reported on Monday.

According to the daily, the destruction operations will proceed on Tuesday as the angered residents are reportedly seeking to hold a sit-in to criticize the silence of Hizbullah's chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah over the matter.

The newspaper reported that the leadership of Hizbullah and AMAL voiced their full support for the efforts exerted by the army to destroy the cannabis crops as they agreed on a time frame to hold an agreement with the heads of the objecting clans in the area.

Security forces and Lebanese army came under attack recently as they were destroying cannabis crops in the western and central Bekaa.

There are over 30,000 dunums of cannabis crops in the northern Bekaa.

The area for long has been reputed as a fertile ground for drugs. During the civil war, the drug trade thrived into a multi-billion dollar business.

Comments 5
Thumb whyaskwhy 17 September 2012, 08:16

And hizballah is going to allow this to continue??? tsk tsk tsk....

Missing phillipo 17 September 2012, 15:23

Good, let the Army go ahead.

Thumb lebanon_first 17 September 2012, 16:48

Yes, if they destroy those fields, we will end up with thousands of jobless chiites from the bekaa knocking on the door of Nabih Berri asking for state jobs, and having the gouvernment looking "for ways to pay salaries" for these new undereployed guys. I say keep them doing their cannabis thing.

Default-user-icon dave's not here (Guest) 17 September 2012, 17:03

Why not just tell Bashar that Lebanese and Syrian anti regime civilians hide in the cannabis fields he'll send his air force to bomb them, bye bye cannabis fields and big big savings to the Lebanese treasury. Also a selling point as a consequence of the bombing the 3asha2er around the field will, for a few days, be mellow.

Default-user-icon Maxx (Guest) 17 September 2012, 22:22

If only the government was as efficient in ridding the country of its NRA (aka Hizb)...