3 Students Killed in School Cliff Collapse in Northern Lebanon

| 18.03,12. 02:36 PM |


3 Students Killed in School Cliff Collapse in Northern Lebanon

Three students were killed and seven others injured on Saturday when part of a cliff collapsed at the Bhanine school in the northern Minieh-Dinniyeh district, the National News Agency reported.

NNA identified the dead as Abdul Rahman al-Siddiq, 16, Osama Zreiqa, 18, and 8-year-old Ahmed al-Rifai.

The incident also destroyed a small wall in the playground of the school.

Al-Minyeh MPs Ahmed Fatfat, Kazem Khair Eddine and Qassem Abdul Aziz said in a statement that the authorities should swiftly investigate the accident.

“The cabinet should establish a Disaster Management Authority…” the statement said.

They urged Education Minister Hassan Diab to swiftly act, holding him responsible for any similar disasters in schools.

Also Saturday, the wall of a church in the Metn district town of Atshana collapsed by a rain-triggered mudslide, NNA said.

The incident damaged a Mercedes and a BMW parked near the wall, NNA added.

President Michel Suleiman called for an investigation to find out the causes of the accident.

The collapse of a building in Beirut’s Ashrafiyeh neighborhood on January 15 that killed 27 people, has sparked fears in Lebanon of more tragedies.

The widespread anger led to a government decision to dismantle the metal bridge in Jal el-Dib that links Beirut with Jounieh and the North after fears that it could also collapse.

But last week, one person was killed and seven people were injured when a building under construction collapsed in the coastal town of Tabarja, north of Beirut.


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