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Gambling making a discreet comeback in Syria

3 January 2011

SYRIA -- A new casino, close to Damascus airport, opened on New Years Eve, according to The Guardian.

Gambling is illegal in Syria, it was banned in the 1970's, the report said.

However the new casino named Ocean Club is operating without an official license and the clientele are mainly wealthy Syrians, The Guardian reported.

Syria has recently experienced a increase in tourism, the report noted.

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