Gunman takes hostages at Lebanese financial institution, calls for frozen financial savings – Nationwide |

Gunman takes hostages at Lebanese bank, demands frozen savings - National |

2022-08-11 18:45:23

An armed man demanding deposits frozen by his financial institution took an unspecified variety of hostages on Thursday on the Federal Financial institution of Lebanon, a safety supply and a Reuters witness stated.

Lebanese banks have restricted withdrawals of exhausting foreign money for many depositors throughout the nation’s three-year monetary meltdown, which has left greater than three-quarters of the inhabitants struggling.

The person entered the Federal Financial institution of Lebanon department within the Hamra neighborhood in west Beirut simply earlier than midday on Thursday with a firearm, the safety supply advised Reuters.

“He demanded entry to round $200,000 he had in his checking account and when the worker refused the request, he started screaming that his kinfolk have been within the hospital. Then he pulled out the gun,” the safety supply stated.

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Some prospects within the financial institution managed to flee earlier than he shut the doorways on the remaining, stated the supply, who was not capable of specify what number of shoppers or workers have been within the department.

Not less than one aged man was launched from the financial institution due to his age and authorities negotiators have been deployed to start talks with the hostage taker, the inside ministry stated.

Lebanese media station Al-Jadeed stated not less than two pictures had been fired throughout the incident. The Lebanese Crimson Cross advised Reuters that that they had deployed an ambulance on web site however had but to deal with anybody.

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A Reuters witness might see a bearded man in a black shirt behind the gated entrance to the financial institution talking to a number of males in plainclothes on the surface.

“Allow them to give me again my cash!” he was heard telling them.

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A crowd gathered exterior the financial institution, a lot of them chanting, “Down with the rule of the banks!”

Since Lebanon’s monetary disaster took maintain in 2019, many industrial banks have frozen shoppers out of their exhausting foreign money via casual capital controls.

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They cap month-to-month money withdrawals in U.S. {dollars} and permit different restricted quantities to be withdrawn in Lebanese kilos at a fee a lot decrease than the parallel market fee – leading to a big reduce within the authentic worth of the deposits.

Banks say they make exceptions for humanitarian circumstances together with hospital care however depositors have advised Reuters that these exemptions are not often applied.

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