A gunman in Beirut, Lebanon, took some bank employees as hostages
and demanded that his frozen bank account
, like most Lebanese checking accounts, be unlocked since November 2019 following the failure of the Lebanese banking system.
elderly bank client was released
by the same kidnapper after negotiating with the security forces.
Lebanese media reports on the spot.
A video circulates on social media showing two policemen negotiating with the kidnapper through the closed gate of the Federal Bank branch in Hamra.
A video, which has already gone viral on Lebanese social media, shows the gunman shouting to some individuals inside the branch:
"Give me back my money ...
I want my money you motherfuckers!".
Since November 2019, the Lebanese banking cartel, in agreement with the Central Bank, have
frozen almost all current accounts and deposits of investments and savings in heavy currency
(dollar, euro) of Lebanese savers.
Meanwhile, the local lira has devalued more than 95% against the US dollar.
It is not the first time that such an episode has occurred
in the shadow of Lebanon's worst economic crisis
, where according to the UN, 80% of the resident population has been reduced to poverty by the ruling elite responsible for the financial default. revealed in the autumn of 2019 and made official by the government in March 2020.