General view of retail outlets of international brands on Venice Street in Benghazi, Libya February 20, 2019. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
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The old center of Benghazi lies in ruins but one shopping street has sprung up in the war-ravaged Libyan city, with sportswear and fashion stores that would not be out of place in Dubai or Istanbul.Imports were limited as fighting between Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army and his mostly Islamist opponents forced Benghazi's port to close.But with the end of conflict in 2017, shops have returned and Venice Street, with its trendy new stores and elegant cafes, has brought back a level of wealthy consumerism.
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