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Two Lebanese banks held up in one day as customers demand own funds

Many Lebanese watchers praised the woman who held up the bank to get her own money as most Lebanese cannot access their funds due to systemic financial mismanagement and corruption.
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Two people held up banks in Lebanon today in an effort to withdraw their own money. 

What happened: Sali Hafiz entered a branch of BLOM Bank in Beirut with a toy handgun and demanded her savings. Hafez, accompanied by political activists, said she needed to pay for her sister’s cancer treatment. She eventually left with $13,000, according to local media.  

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