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“We are still serving alcohol and we will not change,” he said. “These explosions are attacks on personal freedoms. A person is free to chose whether he wants to drink or no.”

The first two blasts came on the same night in November. One ripped through a pub on the ground floor of the seaside Queen Elissa Hotel. Moments later, a liquor store was hit and heavily damaged.

Patrick Kattoura, who runs the store for his father, said it had been selling alcohol since the 1980s and had never received threats. The store has reopened and resumed selling.

“It is my right to sell whatever I want as long as it does not violate Lebanese laws,” Mr. Kattoura said.