Le­banon’s Se­cu­rity Threat­ened by Shawarma


In of the fun­ni­est in­ci­dences of the month, Le­banese cit­i­zen Ka­reem Marwan Sal­hab was seized by Le­banese Army of­fi­cers in Hamra af­ter the bag of shawarma he was hid­ing in­side his hoodie on a rainy day was mis­taken for an ex­plo­sive belt, fol­low­ing the ar­rest of a sui­cide bomber on Hamra Street’s Costa cof­fee shop a week ear­lier, which sparked se­cu­rity con­cerns among au­thor­i­ties and civil­ians alike. Sal­hab had ca­su­ally tucked in the Shawarma sand­wiches he got from pop­u­lar Le­banese restau­rant Bar­bar in­side his hoodie to pre­vent them from get­ting wet given that he hadn’t been car­ry­ing an um­brella on that day and had to prove his in­no­cence be­fore a hand­ful of armed sol­diers af­ter he was told to step aside and un­zip his hoodie, only to un­veil a bag of shawarma, leav­ing the sol­diers in a mix of awe and laughs. The un­sus­pect­ing sus­pect took to Face­book shortly af­ter the in­ci­dent to share his ex­pe­ri­ence in a sta­tus that made a lot of buzz among the Le­banese pop­u­la­tion. And the con­cerned restau­rant, Bar­bar, pulled off a witty and hi­lar­i­ous mar­ket­ing move by cre­at­ing a spe­cial Face­book post for the oc­ca­sion.

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