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A car is seen between a pile of garbage covered with white pesticide in the Palestinian refugee camp of Sabra in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 23, 2015. The Lebanese cabinet has failed to agree on a...   (Associated Press)
A car is seen between a pile of garbage covered with white pesticide in the Palestinian refugee camp of Sabra in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 23, 2015. The Lebanese cabinet has failed to agree on a… (Associated Press)

The met on Thursday and failed  to reach a decision on its working mechanism and the garbage crisis but agreed to continue discussions next week.

The session was held at the Grand Serail amid a “distaste ” expressed by Prime Minister Tammam Salam over the failure to bridge the gap between the bickering sides in the government.

The government did not discuss details on how to dispose off the  waste because Salam had clinched a deal with Free Patriotic Movement ministers not to tackle any issue before resolving the dispute on the cabinet’s decision-making mechanism.

He had also hinted that he would resign over his concern that the cabinet crisis would not be resolved.

Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi said he asked Salam whether he would resign if no agreement was reached between the ministers.

“All options are on the table,” Rifi quoted the PM as saying.

The cabinet will meet on Tuesday to continue its dicussions, said Information Minister Ramzi Jreij.

Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq reiterated that he was seeking to find landfills in several regions to allow Sukleen to transport the uncollected waste in Beirut and Mount Lebanon.

 “I will seek to locate landfills in every region and every district of Lebanon and this will be our solution,” Mashnouk told reporters following a four-hour Cabinet meeting.

The garbage crisis erupted after the Naameh landfill south of Beirut was closed over the weekend under a decision taken by the government months ago.

Al-Mashnouq thanked some municipal chiefs for cooperating with him and allowing waste to be dumped in locations in their regions.

Mashnouk estimated the amount of trash currently on the streets to be at 22,000 metric tons.

As garbage  continued to pile up on the streets, the Beirut Fire Department said it had extinguished  more than 140 fires set on dumpsters across Beirut since Monday.

It urged citizens not to burn waste.

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