Two separate groups of angry depositors held up two different banks in Lebanon on Wednesday, demanding access to their savings in the latest act of civil disobedience over frozen accounts.
A woman who led a group that took hostages and held up a bank in Beirut’s Sodeco area left with $13,000 of her savings. She said this was to pay for cancer treatment for her ill sister. Hours later, an armed man in Aley, a town south-east of Beirut, held up a bank and withdrew $30,000 of his savings.
The two unconnected incidents within hours of each other are the latest in a series of hostage situations in Lebanese banks that began in January. They came as people demand access to their savings trapped in Lebanese banks that have placed strict withdrawal limits on depositors.
The country is reeling from a financial crisis that has left two-thirds of the nation’s population impoverished and locked out of their bank accounts.
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