BEIRUT: Mansourieh residents continued their protest Wednesday over the installation of high voltage power lines, blocking the road leading to Beit Mery.
Residents and certain officials have maintained that installing these power lines is detrimental for their health, despite the lack of a scientific consensus.
A large police presence was evident as protesters clashed with members of the Internal Security Forces for the second day.
"We will remain in the streets until our demands are met," they said, vowing to march to the location where the tower is being erected.
Information Minister Jamal Jarrah defended the installation of high-voltage power lines in Mansourieh, arguing that "no proof exists suggesting otherwise."
He also said that other high voltage power lines exist throughout Lebanon.
Kataeb MP Elias Hankash also joined the rally for the second day running, vowing "to protect their rights."
In 2002, the WHO commissioned a 339-page report on all the types of electrical and magnetic fields found in the world and the effect these EMFs have on the people's health.
“There is little experimental or theoretical evidence that mutations could be directly caused by ELF [extremely low frequency] magnetic fields…. There is little evidence that ELF electric or magnetic fields can cause malignant transformation of cells in culture," the report said.
“Static electric and magnetic fields and extremely low-frequency electric fields are not classifiable as to their carcinogenicity to humans," it concluded.
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