A resort near the Wazzani river, Monday, June 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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A flimsy wire fence on the opposite bank is all that separates the neo-bohemian river resort, with its tropical thatched roofs and gleaming azure pool, from the Israeli troops on the other side.Some four years after Hosn al-Wazzani opened, a modest tourism industry is beginning to blossom along the banks of the contested river, with different members of the locally influential Abdallah family opening five tourist establishments in the area.When The Daily Star visited on a weekday, a single Lebanese family was enjoying a large lunch by the water, but Abdallah assured a reporter that no one less than Speaker Nabih Berri's wife, Randa Berri, had lunched there the previous weekend, and there wasn't an empty table in the place.Recently, the U.N. had to step in to broker an arrangement between the Lebanese and Israeli armies to allow the Abdallahs to clear debris from the river that gets washed down from the annual floods.
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