People swim at a beach during a hot summer's day in Tyre, southern Lebanon, July 16, 2017. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho
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The answer remains unclear, and with differing reports coming from local research centers, businesses along Lebanon's coastline are taking the hit.The alarming news came through a 2017 report from the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute declaring every single water source in Lebanon to be polluted to a varying degree.At the time, LARI Director-General Michel Afram told The Daily Star that he expected results from an upcoming 2018 report to show further degradation of the environment.The director-general remained hopeful that Lebanon still had time to change its practices and rehabilitate its water along the coast and throughout Lebanon.Yes, it's true that there are sections of Lebanon's Mediterranean coast coated in sewage and industrial waste, but pollution in specific areas does not render the entire 225 kilometers a cesspool of disease.Following circulating news about LARI's reports, Hamze admitted that he thought it was a good time to release his own results – completed after three years of research.Hamze also had little to comment on LARI's more pessimistic report on the state of Lebanon's waters.
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