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Foot­ball Fever Gone Wild: Fan Stabbed to Death over World Cup Cel­e­bra­tions

Le­banon’s ev­er­p­re­sent rift among Brazil and Germany fans in the World Cup took a deathly turn on June 28 as Brazil fan Mo­hammed Za­her was stabbed to death by two of his Germany-sup­port­ing neigh­bors in Hay El Sel­lom over foot­ball cheer­ing. Za­her was cel­e­brat­ing Brazil’s win when stabbed by the as­sailants, lead­ing to his in­stant death. Fol­low­ing the mur­der, one of the sus­pects was in­ter­ro­gated by the army and sent to court. News of the in­ci­dent in­stantly spread on so­cial media, with count­less peo­ple con­demn­ing its ab­surd bru­tal­ity while re­flect­ing on the un­der­ly­ing mind­set that is un­for­tu­nately still present in Le­banese so­ci­ety.

It’s a Catch: Le­banon’s Largest Drug Haul Leaves En­tire Foot­ball Field Cov­ered in Hashish

Le­banon has never qual­i­fied for a sin­gle World Cup, but its most re­cently con­fis­cated amount of hashish is enough to fill an en­tire foot­ball field. That is ex­actly what hap­pened on June 4 as pic­tures of the drug-filled field went vi­ral on so­cial media, af­ter 15 tons of hash were seized by Le­banon's In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Forces (ISF) in what was named the coun­try’s largest-ever drug haul. The raid was car­ried out in Ouzai, as the drugs were about to be smug­gled abroad in­side emp­tied-out paint buck­ets and find­ings were then laid out in a foot­ball field, from which emerged all the pic­tured that were both funny and shock­ing to the Face­book au­di­ence and the coun­try as a whole.

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