BEIRUT — Dozens of residents of Ain Zhalta and Nabeh al-Safa, two localities in the Chouf region southeast of Beirut, demonstrated Saturday against the water shortages in the area, for which they blame the Beirut and Mount Lebanon Water Establishment.
Here's what we know:
• During their sit-in, the demonstrators blocked the main road linking the Chouf to the district of Aley at Nabeh al-Safa, the state-run National New Agency reported. They denounced the fact that they are deprived of water even though a water source, which is used to supply several neighboring areas, is located at the level of the two villages.
• A municipal official participating in the protest called for "a quick and radical solution" to this crisis, while a local mukhtar revealed that the water from the source located in the village is used to supply the power station of Rechmaya, while the area continues to endure severe electricity shortages too.
• The protesters threatened to escalate their demonstration if the shortages continue, blamed the crisis on the Beirut and Mount Lebanon Water Establishment.
• Bankrupt, the Lebanese state is struggling to keep its institutions afloat. This inability is illustrated in particular by shortages of electricity and water.