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.