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Beirut: Birds drawn by rubbish pose 'danger' to flights

 

 

 

Flights coming in and out of Lebanon's Beirut airport could be at risk from birds flying over a nearby

rubbish dump, the country's transport minister has said. Yusef Fenianos told reporters on Wednesday that birds scavenging for food at the Costa Brava dump, one of three temporary landfill sites in the capital, posed a real "danger" to flights and the more than six million passengers that use the airport annually. Environmentalists have warned for months that the Costa Brava dump, one of three sites created under a government plan to end the city's rubbish crisis, were attracting rodents and increasing numbers of birds. As a result, waste has piled up in Costa Brava, on the coastline close to the runways at Beirut's international airport, reaching nine metres in some places and wafting foul odours nearby. "Today we face an emergency ... there is a danger posed to civil aviation movement by birds," Fenianos, who is also minister of public works, said. "The presence of the Costa Brava dump has contributed to the increasing number of birds... Thank God, up until now, the flights have not encountered any real danger."