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how Beirut manhole covers became the new target of thieves

For some time, Beirut, the Lebanese capital, has become the scene of new robberies : that of manhole covers. It is for your iron, intended for resale, representing a particular interest.

TO Lebanon, a country plagued by economic collapse Unprecedented, this material is becoming more and more expensive. Also, the governor of the city, Marwan abboud, said this Wednesday, February 24, to AFP that the theft of ferrous materials has increased asdevastating explosion that occurred in the port of Beirut on August 4th latest. These thefts mainly concern “manhole covers in leaded iron, whose price has risen considerably, “he added.

This explosion caused the aggravation of the difficulties already encountered by the population. Henceforth, half live in poverty.

A cap of 70-100 kilograms can cost $ 100

the local currency, in freefall, has lost more than 80% of its value against the dollar. Consequences: hyperinflation and strong erosion of purchasing power Lebanese, whatever their social category.

Authorities claim they do not have the means to replace the manhole covers. In front of them gradual disappearance, they fear accidents, involving motorists and pedestrians. Especially at night. The phenomenon “is source of great concern for us, “a source from the city’s municipal guard told AFP.” We deploy staff day and night to identify thieves“.

According to the local newspaper Al-akhbar, to top weighing between 70 and 100 kilos can relate 100 dollars. Therefore, this traffic is particularly juicy for “specialized and organized gangs”.

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