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Reports: armed man who held bank hostage in Lebanon now in custody

Lebanese cannot access most of their savings amid the worsening economic meltdown.
Army soldiers gather near a Federal Bank branch, Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 11, 2022.

A Lebanese man who held up a bank at gunpoint today demanding his deposit has left in the custody of security forces. 

The man entered a Federal Bank in downtown Beirut’s Hamra neighborhood with a long gun at earlier today and demanded he be given his deposit of $210,000. The man also said he needed money to pay his father’s hospital bills. Videos circulated on social media showing the man holding people in the bank hostage during the ordeal. 

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