Barrier That Divided Beirut Is Removed

<i> Reuters</i>

Lebanese workers removed a massive barrier on Beirut’s Green Line battle zone Friday in an operation to clean up the heart of the reunited city after 15 years of civil war.

“A psychological line was crossed for the first time since 1975 with the destruction of the Ampere barrier,” said Mohammed Sammak, spokesman for the Hariri Foundation, which is financing the work.

The Ampere was a huge barricade of rubble, concrete and shipping containers built by fighters on the eight-mile Green Line.