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Syrian Bombs Empty Lebanese Tables as Conflict Hits Tourism

Bassam al-Habr recalls the days when his 420-seat restaurant in Lebanon’s Aley mountain resort town was so crowded he had to turn away diners.

That was before the two-year uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad got lengthier, bloodier and spilled over into neighboring countries. Business has slumped, with income down another 60 percent this year, al-Habr, who runs the Al-Koukh eatery, said this week.