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Meri

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Meri is a Lebanese local authority which is located in Hasbaiya District (Qada'a), an administrative division of Nabatiyeh Governorate (Mohafazah).

Location

Distance from Beirut Altitude (meters) Surface (ha)

Municipality address

Sources : Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform (OMSAR)
Phone Number Fax Number E-Mail Web sites

Données électorales

Sources : Ministry of Interior and Municipalities (Republic of Lebanon)
Données électorales 2010
Registered voters Effectifs du conseil municipal Effectifs moukhtar
Données électorales 2016
Registered voters Effectifs du conseil municipal Effectifs moukhtar

Revenue of Independent Municipal Fund

Sources : Official Journal (Lebanese Republic)
Year Revenues (Thousands Lebanese Pound)

Education

Sources : Central Administration of Statistics (Lebanese Presidency of the Council of Ministers) - Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform (OMSAR)
Educational establishments (2006) Public Private Students schooled in the public schools Students schooled in the private schools
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Higher Educational Institute Public Private
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Last modification : 28/04/2007

Location

Located in the mohafazat of Nabatiyeh, Meri is part of the Hasbaiya
caza and is situated 25 km away from its center, and 115 km away from Beirut. Its altitude is 450 meters and it covers an area of 600 hectares.

Al Majidiyeh (located 6 km from Meri) is affiliated with the municipality of Meri and receives its name from the owner of the land - Prince Majid Arslan. Close to being deserted, it is a land of 240 hectares that was used for agricultural purposes.

Rihanet Berri’s name derives from Nabih Berri, head of Parliament, and it is located within the borders of Meri and Al Majidiyeh. In the fifties and sixties, agricultural workers that were brought over from the Beqaa to work in the Al Majidiyeh farm were naturalized but left the village during the Israeli invasion of South Lebanon. Since the Council of the South has provided donations for housing construction (approximately 35 houses), these workers have returned again from the Beqaa.

Residents

Meri’s population is estimated at around 1,200 people, with the majority residing in the village’s 235 houses. The confessional distribution is as follows:

• Druze: 80%
• Sunnites: 10%
• Orthodox: 8%
• Other confessions: 2%.

The residents of Meri belong to about 30 families, mainly Abou Kamer, Diab, Anez, Fayyad, Bathich, Zarkata, Hajj, Assaf and Saadeh.

Number of Voters

The number of registered voters in the year 2001 reached 660, distributed among the main families as follows:

• Abou Kamer (96 voters)
• Diab (55 voters)
• Anez (46 voters)
• Fayyad (45 voters)
• Bathich (41 voters)
• Zarkata (39 voters)
• Sarah (39 voters)
• Youssef (31 voters)
• Qays (30 voters)
• Hajj (37 voters)
• Amouri (24 voters)
• Assaf (27 voters)
• Saadeh (25 voters)
• Khoury (15 voters)

Local Authorities

The local administration is composed of a municipal council with 9 members and is headed by Sheikh Turki Diab. The municipality has one mayor - Mr. Hamad Sarah.

Educational Sector

There are 2 schools in Al Mary, a public intermediate school with 120 students and 17 teachers and a private elementary school with 120 students and 10 teachers.

Economic Situation

There are about 30 trade and craft institutions in Al Mary but many of the village residents work in agriculture and cattle-raising, while others work in the public sector.

Religious Centers

The village of Meri contains one Druze “khelwa” (place of prayer) and one Orthodox church.

Village Problems

Situated close to the Lebanese-Israeli border, Meri is almost deserted and lacks dispensaries or medical centers, a sewage system and drinking water.