Lebanon: Bisri Dam Threatens Historic Monuments

BEIRUT

The construction of the Bisri dam in southern Lebanon may result in destruction of unique temples and ancient Phoenician, Roman, Christian and Ottoman ruins, according to Lebanese activist Hassan Hajar. The dam is expected to be built about 30 kilometers (around 19 miles) south of Beirut in the Bisri valley. The facility is going to be used for irrigating agricultural areas and providing drinking water to 1.6 million people. The Lebanese authorities are going to take a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to finance the $2-billion project.

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