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20 days of isolation: a Lebanese town pays the price for the consequences of “Heba”

The town of Tufail is located on the eastern border of Lebanon with Syria, specifically in the eastern mountain range.

At-Tufail is more than 1,700 meters above sea level, and is considered one of the highest populated Lebanese areas.

On January 18, Lebanon was attacked The snow storm was called “Heba” and was loaded with heavy rain and snow at low altitudes of 600 meters and strong winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour.

Residents say that they live in difficult living conditions due to the snow that surrounds their town, to the extent that they are unable to open the internal roads in it, as is the case with the roads leading to it.

The people of Tufail appeal to the Lebanese authorities and the Mufti of the geographically neighboring city of Baalbek, Sheikh Khaled Solh, to open the road linking the Baalbek area and their town of Tufail after the accumulation of snow and ice, which cut off roads and isolated the town from the world.

And one of the town’s notables said in a telephone interview with “Sky News Arabia”: “We are making what we have available from primitive mechanisms and agricultural tractors, in an attempt to open roads and shovel the snow that has accumulated for more than 20 days, that is, since the beginning of the snow storms that the country has experienced and which led to our being cut off from the ocean. We are completely isolated.”

He continued, “We have cut off food, bread and fuel, and there are some sick cases in the town among the elderly and infants, and they need transportation to hospitals.”

He continued, “The only road linking Tufail to Lebanese territory has been closed for more than twenty days.”

Children’s message

The children of the town told “Sky News Arabia” in a recorded message: “We are deprived of bread, food, medicine and infant formula. We have a brother of ours who must visit the doctor and we cannot transport him because the road is closed with snow, and the state has not opened the road until today.”

The people of Tufail consider that the only link that links them to Lebanon is their Lebanese identity cards, as basic and even secondary services are almost non-existent in their area.

Al-Tufail was in the past under the siege of pro-Hezbollah militias, after it received Syrian refugees, with a population of approximately 5,000 people. It is 10 kilometers away from the Syrian village of Assal Al-Ward, separated by rugged terrain.

The town of Tufail was previously taken over by one of the largest drug dealers of Captagon, called Hassan Daqqo, who is currently detained by the security services on the drug smuggling case, in cooperation with influential people inside Syria.

The people of Al-Tufail are subject to many retaliatory practices, such as destroying agricultural crops, uprooting fruitful trees, and shooting at the people’s homes, due to the arrest of the security forces and the Lebanese judiciary of Dako, whose dealers bulldozed the town’s agricultural lands and uprooted its trees with bulldozers on the pretext of ownership after buying it from its main owners.

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