In this Monday, June 24, 2019 photo, a poster shows George Aoun, head of the municipality of the village of Hadat, with Arabic that reads "We are all George Edward Aoun. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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apartment owner apologized to Awwad, saying she wouldn't mind renting to people of any sect but officials in the town of Hadath issued orders years ago that only Christians be allowed to buy and rent property from the town's Christian residents.Three decades ago Hadath was almost entirely Christian, but today it has a Muslim majority because the Muslim population expanded greatly between 1990, when the war ended, and 2010, when the ban was imposed.Hadath is the only area where such a ban is publicly announced.Hadath, along with other nearby areas, saw tens of thousands of Shiites move in over the years, raising fears among some of the country's Christians.Aoun strongly defended his decision, noting it was made in 2010, shortly after he was elected to the post. He said at the end of the Civil War, Hadath was a purely Christian town, but by 2010, tens of thousands of Muslims, many of them Shiites from Beirut's southern suburbs, moved in.Two years ago, Hadath's municipality banned Syrians from working in the town, becoming one of the first areas to do so in Lebanon.
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