With a bank raid in the capital, Beirut, Lebanon became the most mentioned country in the world yesterday. The man who broke into a bank, took people hostage and threatened to set himself on fire by pouring gasoline on him suddenly became a folk hero. The story of the man who turned into a hero from a bank raider is just as sad as the story of Lebanon and Beirut…
Beirut , the capital of Lebanon, could not recover after the destruction of the terrible explosion that took place exactly 2 years ago… The country, which is already in a difficult situation economically, is always experiencing worse days after the capital Beirut, which is the lifeblood of its economy, was almost destroyed by the terrible port explosion. continued.
215 people lost their lives and thousands were injured in the massive explosion that hit the median in Beirut Port on August 4, 2020.
The terrible explosion was caused by the explosives stored in the port, and the explosion was therefore of immeasurable magnitude.
The man who broke into a bank branch and took employees hostage quickly turned from a criminal to a folk hero.
PORT EXPLOSION BRINGS BEIRUT TO THESE DAYS
Families of those who lost their lives have been waiting for the perpetrators to be tried and for justice to be served for 24 months.
So what does all of this have to do with the bank raid that happened yesterday?
While the country could not get out of the economic bottleneck it had already entered, this destruction has dragged Lebanon into much greater disasters over the past 2 years.
This is how bank employees were rescued
WATCHED LIVE THE WORLD
Yesterday, it was reported that a Lebanese man broke into a bank and took his employees hostage and threatened to set himself on fire by pouring gasoline on him , in an event that was broadcast live as breaking news on all world televisions .
Interestingly, however, the man was not trying to rob the bank, he was simply demanding his own money in the bank, which he could not withdraw.
Bassam Al-Sheikh Hussein broke into the Federal Bank branch yesterday afternoon, swirling his rifle around and threatening to spill gasoline on him, insisting on withdrawing some of his bank-frozen savings of US$210,000 to help pay for his father’s hospital bill.
Like nearly all Lebanese, the hostage man’s money has been out of reach for more than two years. Affected by the economic crisis, banks allowed depositors to withdraw coin-opted Dollars Each Month, Which Was Not Enough To Meet Even The Most Basic Needs.
Bassam al-Sheikh Hussein surrendered when his request was met
THE NEWS SPREADS THE WHOLE COUNTRY
News of the siege at the bank quickly reached all parts of a country where about 80 percent of the population is considered poor.
Scenes featuring a daring man holding a bank hostage, albeit at gunpoint, resonated with the hundreds of thousands who were themselves held hostage by a startling economic collapse that paralyzed Lebanon and potentially destroyed billions of dollars in savings.
This is what turned a bank raid into a heroic tale.
Countless crowds demonstrated and chanted for the gunman, who surrendered after the bank agreed to fund him for his father’s medical bills.
Despite the paralysis of Beirut’s Hamra district, no one cared.
This woman, who is waiting in front of the bank and supporting Bassam al-Sheikh Hussein, is one of the many Lebanese who cannot reach the money in the banks.
THE PEOPLE GRATEFULLY SUPPORTED THE PRIEST
“He’s not even a real robber,” said eyewitness Ghassan Moula in the street next to the bank . “He just wants what’s his.”
By the evening hours, it seemed to have worked, with the attacker rejecting an earlier offer of $10,000 by the bank, then agreeing to give the bank $30,000. As night approached, the man allowed his hostages to be fed by a local restaurant that brought food to the bank’s doorstep.
Shortly after, he surrendered to the police.
LEBANON PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED
Remittances from relatives abroad have long been a lifebuoy for Lebanese citizens.
In Lebanon, however, many depositors are limited to receiving as little as $200 a month from the bank, in addition to a hybrid version of the local currency known as ‘lols’, which is distributed at around one-third the market price.
There are widespread fears among the public that dollar deposits in banks may become worthless once a financial solution is found.