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Decades on, war-scarred Beirut buildings remain

Updated : April 12, 2019 12:42 PM IST

They are a common sight around Beirut, but their presence barely registers with Lebanese citizens anymore.

Nearly 30 years after civil war guns fell silent, dozens of bullet-scarred, shell-pocked buildings are still standing — testimony to a brutal conflict that raged for 15 years and took the lives of 150,000 people.

Some are Beirut landmarks, like the iconic Holiday Inn, a hulking, bullet-riddled blue and white building that towers over the capital.

The hotel, which opened for business just two years before the war broke out on April 13, 1975, was destroyed early on during battles between rival factions and used as a sniper's nest. It has stood deserted and untouched since then, its shareholders locked in a dispute over its future.

There's the modernist movie theater that never was, nicknamed locally "The Egg." Its moldy skeleton stands as a ruin, its future unclear. Like the Holiday Inn, it is a curious attraction for visiting foreigners.

In this November 12, 2018, photo, graffiti by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada depicting a boy is painted on a bullet riddled building on the former frontline of the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. Nearly 30 years after civil war guns fell silent, dozens of bullet-scarred, shell-pocked buildings are still standing testimony to a brutal conflict that raged for 15 years and took the lives of 150,000 people. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 12, 2018, photo, graffiti by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada depicting a boy is painted on a bullet riddled building on the former frontline of the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. Nearly 30 years after civil war guns fell silent, dozens of bullet-scarred, shell-pocked buildings are still standing testimony to a brutal conflict that raged for 15 years and took the lives of 150,000 people. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this April 7, 2019, photo, the Lebanese capital's landmark Holiday Inn hotel, center, riddled with bullets and shells, stands between new designer towers in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. The hotel was destroyed during battles between rival factions in Beirut's hotels district in the early years of the country's 1975-90 civil war. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this April 7, 2019, photo, the Lebanese capital's landmark Holiday Inn hotel, center, riddled with bullets and shells, stands between new designer towers in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. The hotel was destroyed during battles between rival factions in Beirut's hotels district in the early years of the country's 1975-90 civil war. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 12, 2018, photo, children stand on the balcony of their apartment building damaged during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war on a former Beirut frontline, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 12, 2018, photo, children stand on the balcony of their apartment building damaged during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war on a former Beirut frontline, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 28, 2015, photo, Syrian refugee children stand on the stairs of their apartment in a building damaged during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war on a former Beirut frontline, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 28, 2015, photo, Syrian refugee children stand on the stairs of their apartment in a building damaged during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war on a former Beirut frontline, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 27, 2018, photo, a pigeon flies next to the Dome City Center known as
In this November 27, 2018, photo, a pigeon flies next to the Dome City Center known as "The Egg" in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. The Egg is an iconic destroyed building left over from the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 17, 2018, photo, Shiyah, a Muslim Shiite neighborhood from a destroyed apartment in the southern Beirut Christian district of Ain el-Rummaneh, Lebanon. The two sides fought fierce battles during the 1975-90 civil war, which started with a shooting on a bus in Ain el-Rummaneh. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 17, 2018, photo, Shiyah, a Muslim Shiite neighborhood from a destroyed apartment in the southern Beirut Christian district of Ain el-Rummaneh, Lebanon. The two sides fought fierce battles during the 1975-90 civil war, which started with a shooting on a bus in Ain el-Rummaneh. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this December 2, 2018, photo, cars park in front of a building that is still riddled with bullets and shells on the former frontline of the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this December 2, 2018, photo, cars park in front of a building that is still riddled with bullets and shells on the former frontline of the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 17, 2018, photo, Shiyah, a Muslim Shiite neighborhood is seen from a destroyed apartment in the southern Beirut Christian district of Ain el-Rummaneh, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 17, 2018, photo, Shiyah, a Muslim Shiite neighborhood is seen from a destroyed apartment in the southern Beirut Christian district of Ain el-Rummaneh, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 12, 2018, photo, graffiti is painted on a bullet riddled building on the former frontline of the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war in downtown Beirut, Lebanon.  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 12, 2018, photo, graffiti is painted on a bullet riddled building on the former frontline of the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war in downtown Beirut, Lebanon.  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 27, 2018, photo, a man passes in front of Beit Beirut, the nearly 100 year-old house that served as a sniper position during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war, on a former Beirut frontline, Lebanon.  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 27, 2018, photo, a man passes in front of Beit Beirut, the nearly 100 year-old house that served as a sniper position during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war, on a former Beirut frontline, Lebanon.  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 17, 2018, photo, an inhabited building that is still riddled with bullets and shells left over from the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war on a former Beirut frontline between Shiyah, a Muslim Shiite district and Christian district of Ain el-Rummaneh, in Beirut, Lebanon.  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 17, 2018, photo, an inhabited building that is still riddled with bullets and shells left over from the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war on a former Beirut frontline between Shiyah, a Muslim Shiite district and Christian district of Ain el-Rummaneh, in Beirut, Lebanon.  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this January 28, 2016, photo, a visitor checks the mosaic of the Good Shepherd that was badly damaged in the lower left corner by a sniper during the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war at the Lebanese National Museum in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this January 28, 2016, photo, a visitor checks the mosaic of the Good Shepherd that was badly damaged in the lower left corner by a sniper during the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war at the Lebanese National Museum in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 13, 2018, photo, bullet holes from Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war are seen on the walls of the St. Vincent de Paul church in downtown Beirut, Lebanon.  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this November 13, 2018, photo, bullet holes from Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war are seen on the walls of the St. Vincent de Paul church in downtown Beirut, Lebanon.  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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