Tourists from the Gulf shop in the Beirut district of Hamra, on Monday, June 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Last Friday two security incidents grabbed national headlines as security forces raided hotels in Beirut's Hamra shopping district and a suicide bomber targeted a well-known police checkpoint.Abu Ali, 44, a tourist from Iraq, arrived in Lebanon fours days ago right after the security incidents.The UAE asked its nationals to leave Lebanon following Friday's bombing and hotel raids.Friday's two security instances are the latest in a string of security developments that have hit Lebanon's tourism sector hard.Tourism is a significant moneymaker for the Lebanese economy but recent security troubles have caused tourism figures to vastly decline over the last three years. "What happens doesn't cross my mind that much or I wouldn't be here," Schomburg added. He did, however, maintain that Friday's incidents altered his travel plans in the country. In fact many foreign nationals from the West said they don't feel directly in harm's way and are therefore not deeply disturbed by recent security incidents.
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