Yerevan, 22.February.2019,
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Lebanon unveils plan to tackle Beirut rubbish crisis(video)

Lebanon is to temporarily reopen a landfill site and set up two new sites in a bid to end an eight-month crisis over uncollected rubbish in Beirut.

Piles of rotting refuse in the city's streets have prompted a mass anti-government movement.

Officials say the new move will solve the problem for the next four years while a permanent solution is found.

But protesters have gathered in Beirut, threatening to paralyse the country from Monday.

The crisis began with the closure of Beirut's main landfill site at Naameh last July with no alternative in place.

During hot summer weather, piles of rubbish grew so large that residents resorted to burning it on the streets, releasing toxic fumes.

The rubbish has since piled up on beaches, in mountain forests and along river beds.

Protesters blame the crisis on political paralysis and corruption and set up a "You Stink" movement. Last year, many took to the streets, leading to violent clashes with police.

Although protests have subsided, BBC Arab affairs editor Sebastian Usher says recent images of Lebanon still strewn with rubbish have re-energised the anti-government movement.

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