Antis are furious with Beirut hunters who are safeguarding the airport from bird strikes by shooting seagulls on a rubbish dump on the flight path. The Lebanon Eco Movement says the government has a duty to protect all birds under environmental laws.

Meanwhile,  US airports have ramped up bird-killing programmes in response to the 2009 accident when a jetliner was forced to land in Hudson river after birds were sucked into engine. early 70,000 gulls, starling, geese and other birds have been slaughtered in the New York City area, mostly by shooting and trapping, since the accident in which a jetliner was forced to land in the Hudson river after birds were sucked into its engine.

Beirut bird shoot