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Syrian street vendors wait for customers on a historic street in old Damascus, an area usually teeming with visiting foreign tourist at this time of the year. The uprising against President Bashar Assad is eviscerating the country's economy, threatening to hit hard at the business community and prosperous merchant classes, which the embattled regime relies on to help retain its grip on power.

ASSOCIATED PRESS Syrian street vendors wait for customers on a historic street in old Damascus, an area usually teeming with visiting foreign tourist at this time of the year. The uprising against President Bashar Assad is eviscerating the country's economy, threatening to hit hard at the business community and prosperous merchant classes, which the embattled regime relies on to help retain its grip on power.

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