Protesters close highway linking Beirut with south Lebanon over trash crisis



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A Syrian boy watches vehicles driving past dumpsters and a pile of garbage in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, July 26, 2015. Protesters have closed the highway linking Beirut with southern Lebanon over the country's trash crisis. The closure of the vital highway in the coastal town of Jiyeh on Sunday comes amid reports that the government plans to move trash piled on the streets of Beirut to the Kharoub region south of the capital. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)


Vehicles drive past dumpsters and garbage that was spread on a street in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, July 26, 2015. Protesters have closed the highway linking Beirut with southern Lebanon over the country's trash crisis. The closure of the vital highway in the coastal town of Jiyeh on Sunday comes amid reports that the government plans to move trash piled on the streets of Beirut to the Kharoub region south of the capital. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)


A Lebanese woman covers her nose from the smell as she walks on a street partly covered by piles of garbage in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, July 26, 2015. Protesters have closed the highway linking Beirut with southern Lebanon over the country's trash crisis. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)


A man passes by a pile of garbage on a Beirut street in Lebanon on Sunday, July 26, 2015. Protesters have closed the highway linking Beirut with southern Lebanon over the country's trash crisis. The closure of the vital highway in the coastal town of Jiyeh on Sunday comes amid reports that the government plans to move trash piled on the streets of Beirut to the Kharoub region south of the capital. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)


Ziad Jaroudi a Lebanese doctor wears a gas mask to protect against the smell from piles of garbage in the streets, as he drives his car in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, July 25, 2015. The Lebanese cabinet has failed to agree on a solution for the country’s growing garbage crisis, postponing discussion until next week as trash piles up on the streets. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)


A Lebanese protester, right, throws a trash bag over the barbered wire that blocks a road linked to the government house, as other trash bags are seen on the ground thrown by other protesters, during a demonstration against the the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, July 25, 2015. The Lebanese cabinet has failed to agree on a solution for the country’s growing garbage crisis, postponing discussion until next week as trash piles up on the streets. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)


BEIRUT — Protesters have closed the highway linking Beirut to southern Lebanon over the country's trash crisis.

The closure of the vital highway in the coastal town of Jiyeh on Sunday comes amid reports that the government plans to move trash piled on the streets of Beirut to the Kharoub region south of the capital.

The protesters stopped several trucks carrying trash and prevented them from entering the region. The closure led to major traffic jams, and authorities urged people not to use the highway.

The main company in charge of collecting trash stopped its work earlier this month amid a dispute over the country's largest trash dump. Mountains of garbage have piled up in Beirut and its suburbs.

The country's notoriously gridlocked government postponed further discussion of the crisis until Tuesday.

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