Issam Khamis, a father of three young daughters, left his home on Sunday in order to purchase basic food necessities for his family from the supermarket, right before the country’s lockdown curfew, but he never returned home.
Issam was riding his motorcycle when he found himself being followed by another motorcycle driver who managed to get a hold of his bag.
The attempted robbery resulted in Issam falling off his motorcycle and sustaining a severe injury to the head.
For ten days, the father of three was edging between life and death in the hospital before he passed away due to the severity of his injuries. Up until now, no arrest has been announced.
The Lebanese public took to social media to express their outrage at the announcement of Issam’s death. They called it a killing by wicked and coward thugs who were despicable enough to steal the little from a humble man and render orphans his daughters.
Ten days through and no arrest being made, people have become suspicious of the perpetrators being protected by some political party they belong to.
It has prompted some foreign government authorities, such as the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO), to warn travelers to Lebanon of the drastic increase in theft and bag snatching, including by criminals on motorbikes, and to avoid overt displays of wealth and traveling alone at night.
A couple of years ago, such warnings did not exist in Beirut, which proves the downfall in street safety in a city that was famous for its affluence and attractiveness to tourists worldwide.