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Syria imposes food blockade on Lebanon: paper


Updated: 2008-01-22 20:15



Beirut -- Syria has imposed a blockade of food supplies on Lebanon, local newspaper An Nahar reported Tuesday.


The report, citing information received by Lebanese authorities, said Syrian customs authorities informed all border checkpoints of their decision to prevent trucks and vehicles carrying food supplies from crossing into Lebanon as of 6 pm (1600 GMT) Monday.


An Nahar said Lebanese authorities had no "explanation to Damascus' surprise decision," but hinted that the siege might coincide with Monday nights' protests in Beirut.


On Monday night, angry demonstrators blocked traffic with burning rubber tires in three districts of Beirut to protest against repeated power failures in Lebanese political arena. Lebanese army patrols dispersed them with no casualties caused.


On January 11, Syrian tightened its control by strict inspection procedures on the Abboudieh-Dabbousieh border crossing between Lebanon and Syria, leading to long queue of cargo trucks, said the report.


The crisis worsened the following day with the number of stranded trucks reaching 200, it added.


However, a source at the public works and transportation ministry was quoted as saying that there was "no border crisis with Syria."

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