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Iqlim al-Kharroub Residents Block Beirut-South Highway to Prevent Waste Transfer to Their Region

Residents of the Chouf area of Iqlim al-Kharroub southeast of Beirut blocked the vital Beirut-South highway early Sunday in protest at the environment ministry's decision to transfer the garbage that has been accumulating over the last week to their province, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The residents gathered on the coastal highway in the town of Jiyeh at the junction of Barja and blocked the road in both directions.

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Nasrallah Says No Change in Ties with Iran after Nuclear Deal, Urges Mustaqbal to Listen to FPM's Demands

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah stressed Saturday that newly issued sanctions by the U.S. against the party's officials were only aimed at targeting the Lebanese in general and that Iran's support for Hizbullah would not change following a nuclear deal with it.

“Sanctions on Hizbullah members don't make a difference because they neither have money nor have made deposits in banks worldwide,” Nasrallah said at the graduation ceremony of the sons and daughters of Hizbullah martyrs.

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Mashnouq Says Garbage Collection to Start Saturday Night

Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq said on Saturday that the collection of garbage will resume overnight after a final decision was reached on the location of the dump sites that would replace the Naameh landfill that was closed last weekend.

His announcement was made after environmentalists held a protest in downtown Beirut calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Tammam Salam and al-Mashnouq over the waste management crisis that erupted when the landfill was shut down last Friday.

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Civil Aviation Directorate Thwarts Burning of Garbage by Airport

The burning of garbage near the Rafik Hariri International Airport near Beirut's southern suburbs continued on Friday amid an outcry of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation Lebanon, reported al-Mustaqbal daily on Saturday.

Concerned sources told the daily that the Civil Aviation had sent a memo to the Middle East Airports Services (MEAS) to tackle the burning of waste near the western runway of the facility.

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Some Municipalities Heed Mashnouq's Demand but Garbage Crisis Grows

A few municipalities in Mount Lebanon began on Friday collecting garbage as a temporary solution to a growing environmental crisis in the hot summer season that erupted after the closure of the Naameh landfill south of Beirut last week.

The number of municipalities, which met the demands of Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq, were however limited.

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Cabinet Meets but Fails to Reach Decision on Mechanism, Trash Crisis

The government failed on Thursday to reach a decision on its working mechanism and the waste crisis but agreed to continue discussions next week.

The session was held at the Grand Serail amid a “disgust” expressed by Prime Minister Tammam Salam over the failure to bridge the gap between the bickering sides in the government.

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Khalil Urges End to Trash Crisis as Beirut Municipality Proposes Karantina as Temporary Dump

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil remarked that the garbage crisis in Lebanon “affects all people without discrimination between the sects or regions,” reported As Safir on Wednesday.

He therefore stressed that this issue should not be addressed through political and petty means.

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Lebanese Man Dies in Self-immolation

A Lebanese man died on Thursday after setting himself on fire in Beirut's southern suburbs, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said Ahmed Mohammed Issa, 22, went to the roof of his house that lies in the area of al-Ramel al-Ali and sprayed himself with flammable material.

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Aoun Says No Objective to Topple Cabinet

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun said on Tuesday that his party does not intend to topple Prime Minister Tammam Salam's government.

“Toppling the cabinet led by Tammam Salam is not among the objectives that we are currently working for,” Aoun told Iran's state news agency IRNA.

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Mashnouq Adamant to Implement his Plan as Garbage Piles Up

Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq vowed on Tuesday to resolve the waste management problem by implementing a plan proposed by him after the closure of the Naameh landfill sparked an environmental crisis.

Al-Mashnouq told al-Akhbar newspaper that he would start on Tuesday to take practical measures to implement the plan to transport the waste to several regions as a temporary solution pending the launching of tenders on the establishment of new landfills.

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