Lebanon News

Syrian businesses in Bekaa Valley shut down

A Lebanese woman walks past closed shops in Hay al-Selloum in a Beirut southern suburb on April 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ANWAR AMRO

BEIRUT: Security forces shut down shops and small trades ran by Syrians in several areas of the Bekaa Valley Friday, the National News Agency reported.

The move was taken at the behest of Bekaa Governor Antoine Sleimane and was implemented with the assistance of the directorate general of State Security, the NNA said.

“All shops managed by Syrians in Chtaura, Bar Elias and Masnaa were sealed off,” the agency said.

The move comes as Lebanon is reeling under tremendous economic stress, largely caused by the impact of the Syrian conflict and the influx of over 1.1 million Syrian refugees fleeing violence at home.





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