Despite a fatwa (religious edict) that recommended a ban on the “un-Islamic” Pokémon cartoon and game in 2001, its popularity in the Arab world has endured – as seen with the “Pokémon Go” game now sweeping the region.
There’s at least 50 people in downtown Lebanon tonight at the city square. Hunting Pokemon. Crazy! pic.twitter.com/cwEFkTO5W7— Kristopher Martel (@kmartel_sports) July 11, 2016
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The Pokémon trading card game for the 2014 Pokémon World Championships in Washington, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP)