A van with a sign saying, “Passengers, please unbutton jackets before boarding the bus.”
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A picture circulating on social media Tuesday of a minivan with a sign requesting, "Passengers, please unbutton jackets before boarding the bus," might sound like an oddity.What happened yesterday is scary," bus driver Haidar Hammoud said as he began his route Tuesday evening through Downtown toward Beirut's southern suburbs, two areas hardest hit by bombings since unrest began in Syria around three years ago. He said from now on he was doing a sort of informal inspection of those boarding his bus, to the noticeable relief of some jittery passengers. Although the incident didn't cause the massive carnage that others have in the past several months – a bombing in the northern city of Tripoli killed 47 in August – the familiarity of public transportation that thousands of people take every day was enough to shake up passengers and drivers alike.The driver of the bus near Shoueifat reportedly noticed something unusual as the suicide bomber boarded his vehicle Monday.
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