BEIRUT: Residents across Tripoli, Sidon, Beirut and Tyre gathered near Lebanon’s coast Sunday as an NGO that calls itself Beirut Celebrations attempted to form a human chain stretching from the northern city of Tripoli down to the southern city of Tyre.

In Beirut, a mass of people gathered near the Al Hammam Al Aaskary on the capital’s seaside road. Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon, who attended the event alongside local officials, said that “the Lebanese should have faith in the civil society [sector] despite the deadlock in [state] institutions.”