On 14 September 2022, an armed woman accompanied by a group of accomplices entered the BLOM bank in the Sodeco neighborhood of the capital Beirut, took multiple hostages and threatened to set herself on fire if she did not receive a deposit that was being withheld by the bank. Multiple reports indicate that she left the bank with approximately 13,000 U.S. dollars. The whereabouts of the suspects are currently unknown. The woman claimed she was withdrawing funds from the bank to pay for her sister’s cancer treatment. Banks throughout Lebanon have recently withheld customers’ deposits due to the country’s ongoing financial crisis.