A man swims next to floating trash in the Mediterranean sea, May 5, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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On a beach in northern Lebanon, men and women swim in the Mediterranean's warm blue waters close to a sewage outlet, while children play in sand that is strewn with litter. A sign warning against swimming because of pollution seems to have had little effect on this beach near the city of Tripoli, one of a declining number of public beaches in Lebanon.Poorer Lebanese have few good choices to enjoy the beach in the sweltering Middle Eastern summer.In places, raw sewage sometimes washes into the water, according to a recent report on public beaches by the state-run National Center for Marine Sciences.In its report on public beaches, the marine sciences center rated four near Beirut and another near Tripoli on a spectrum between dangerous and highly polluted because of the amount of fecal streptococci in water samples.
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