Al Masnaa border point has been a site of continuous deadly accidents, taking the lives of many, Lebanese and Syrians, crossing the border at night. The cause of the accidents has always been the same: a cement separator in the middle of the border point.
However, none of the two concerned governments have done anything about it for over a decade.
The site is about ten kilometers from its Syrian neighbor, and the buffer zone is devoid of any official Lebanese or Syrian presence. It is known as the “buffer” zone between the two countries.
This area has also been the best crossing point for various smuggling operations, far from the sights of official control.
And there has been no control either to avoid people dying on that point.
On Monday, September 12, 2016, at 7:30 p.m, members of the Civil Defense transferred to Al-Midan Hospital in Jdeidet Yabous three people of Syrian nationality, who were killed as a result of their car crashing into that cement separator in the middle of Al Masnaa border point.
In 2018, four people of Syrian nationality were injured when their car collided with the cement separator.
The Civil Defense transferred three of them to the Bekaa Hospital, and the fourth was transferred by the Lebanese Red Cross to another hospital.
Last May, an Egyptian national died as a result of a truck colliding with the cement separator at the same Al Masnaa border point.
On August 27th, the same “cement separator” took the life of the Lebanese singer George Al-Rassi and his assistant Zeina Meraabi at the same Al Masnaa border point.
In 2007, the mayor of Majdal Anjar, Hussein Deeb Yassin, urged the authorities to tackle the issue. He said that Al Masnaa area “needs the attention of the Ministry of Works to reduce deadly accidents and secure the lighting at night so that the area does not remain desolate.”
However, fifteen years later, nothing has been done in that regard, causing so far multiple deadly accidents at the same cement separator on Al Masnaa border point, with both the Lebanese and Syrian governments persisting in neglecting to fix the deadly cause.
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