Six hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter Jbeil shop­ping frenzy

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - LEBANON -

BEIRUT: Six peo­ple were taken to the hos­pi­tal Sun­day fol­low­ing the col­lapse of a glass win­dow of a shop in the city of Jbeil as con­sumers rushed to snap up dis­counted goods in a Black Fri­day-es­que scene.

Civil De­fense re­ported that a to­tal of 12 peo­ple were in­jured in the ac­ci­dent, af­ter a huge crowd of peo­ple rushed into a lo­cal store that was of­fer­ing elec­tronic goods and homeware at in­cred­i­bly cheap prices.

Some were wounded by the bro­ken glass, while oth­ers fainted, lo­cal me­dia re­ported.

Civil De­fense am­bu­lances took three in­jured peo­ple to the nearby Notre Dame de Se­cours Hos­pi­tal and ad­min­is­tered first aid to six oth­ers. Three other in­jured peo­ple were taken to another hos­pi­tal.

The state-run Na­tional News Agency re­ported that peo­ple had trav­eled from far and wide to get their hands on dis­counted items, and that queues had been form­ing out­side the shop since the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing in ad­vance of its grand open­ing at noon.

A ban­ner above the shop, called “Jbeil King of Sav­ings,” read: “The cheap­est and largest bazaar in Le­banon, hun­dreds of va­ri­eties and mod­els at a to­ken price.”

The shop’s Face­book page was ad­ver­tis­ing mi­crowave ovens for $3 and com­puter mon­i­tors for $4.

The In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Forces’ traf­fic bureau re­ported heavy traf­fic on the high­way from Jbeil to Am­chit due to the crowd out­side a shop in the area. It also said that of­fi­cers from the Jounieh traf­fic depart­ment at­tended the scene to try and fur­ther ease con­ges­tion.

In Fe­bru­ary, videos up­loaded to YouTube showed sim­i­lar huge crowds gath­er­ing out­side the Tripoli branch of the dis­count store.

The Daily Star was un­able to im­me­di­ately reach the stores’ owner, Moustafa Shandab. –

A ban­ner above the shop, called “Jbeil King of Sav­ings,” read: “The cheap­est and largest bazaar in Le­banon, hun­dreds of va­ri­eties and mod­els at a to­ken price.”

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