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Christian AlsBeirut is often referred to as the "Paris of the Middle East" because of its dominance in culture, tourism, fashion and education in the region. Due to wars and conflicts, that title has slipped away but Beirut is rebuilding at a massive pace due to an increase in foreign investment notably from Europe, but since the war with Israel in 2006 the majority of the country's youth has left the Lebanon. Beirut is considered a possible candidate for the 2024 Olympics.
The conflict began 12th of July 2006 following the capture of two Israeli soldiers who were kidnapped by Hezbollah. Thirty-three days later the fighting between Israeli soldiers and Hezbollah militants had ended with a bombed-out Beirut and more than 1200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, dead. The capital of Lebanon have started to lick their wounds and to restore the bombarded city for God knows which time. Lebanese youth below the age of 25 years, who constitute more than half of the population, are faced by unemployment and are dreaming of a better life in Dubai or Europe. The young people are in large numbers leaving the country with no intention of returning.
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