Beirut traffic grinds to a halt as army prepares parade
November 17 2018 12:06 AM
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Traffic fills a highway in Beirut, Lebanon, yesterday.

Reuters/Beirut

Lebanese army preparations for an Independence Day parade next week brought parts of Beirut to a standstill yesterday, as road closures caused delays lasting hours for many of the capital’s commuters.
A huge traffic jam stretching far out of the city snarled up the main coastal highway — the chief road running from north from the capital — and caused chaos in the districts alongside.
Even by Beirut’s congested standards, yesterday’s gridlock was exceptional. Television stations ran live coverage, including comments of angry motorists — some in very colourful language.
Lebanon’s decaying roads have been awaiting an overhaul since a 15-year civil war ended in 1990. The army apologised for the chaos in a tweet.






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