Man in Bekaa Valley Robs Bank to Retrieve his Savings as Desperation Continues in Lebanon

Abdallah Assaii, 37, stole his own money from a branch of the Lebanese bank BBAC in Jeb Jannine, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. (Logo obtained via Google Maps)

A man in the Bekaa Valley recently broke into a bank to steal $50,000 from his own savings account. More about that here. It’s a sign of severe desperation in Lebanon.

“Desperate times require desperate measures. This gentleman was able, by force, to retrieve $50,000 he had saved,” Heart for Lebanon’s Camille Melki says.

“But the question is, if every one of us is going to do that, what will happen? Each one of us trying to break into the bank, take the bank employees hostage until they release the money – that’s scary.”

Many in Lebanon call the man a hero, but he is a criminal to others. He allegedly held seven bank employees hostage and threatened to light a match after dousing himself and the employees with gasoline.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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