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Conflict Incident Report

Mt. Lebanon farmers demand restoration of irrigation water

Date of incident: 
March 25, 2017
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

BEIRUT: Mount Lebanon farmers demanded immediate solutions to a monthslong cut to their irrigation water supply, state media reported.

“We are only demanding our rights,” Abdo al-Atiq said on behalf of the farmers, who gathered at the farmers union headquarters in Jbeil, north of Beirut.

Irrigation pipelines had been damaged by “workers at a construction site in the [nearby] town of Oqaibeh” in mid-January, Atiq said, according to the National News Agency.

The farmers complained that the lack of water “has caused severe losses in the crops.”

“These regions must not remain neglected,” Atiq said, warning of escalatory acts if the farmers' demands were not met.

Vast parts of Mount Lebanon are mostly mountainous and agricultural areas with poor infrastructure.

Primary category: 
Collective Action [inc. protests, solidarity movements...]
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Policy conflicts
Conflicts associated with political decisions, government or state policies regarding matters of public concern, such as debates concerning law reforms, electoral laws, and protests of the government’s political decisions, among others.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Conflicts of socio-economic development
Conflicts associated with lack of, or gaps in economic development, opportunities and access to resources.