May 04, 2012 02:24 AM
The Daily Star

BEIRUT: Qabalan Qabalan, the head of the Council of the South, launched a project to channel the Litani River water to the south Thursday, describing the move as important as the liberation of the south from Israeli occupation.

The project will see the provision of potable water to around 100 towns and the irrigation of 14,700 hectares of agricultural land by channeling around 110 million cubic meters of water annually from Lake Qaroun in the Bekaa.

Speaking during the ceremony to celebrate the launch of the project in Ain al-Zarqa in Mashghara, he described the project as “the largest battle to liberate water resources … by putting an end to the enemy’s designs for our resources.”

“After the projects of Wazzani and Ain al-Zarqa, this project is just like liberating land from occupation because our land was and is still a target for the enemy’s designs.”

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 04, 2012, on page 3.

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