Three Lebanese men died in altercations on Monday related to scarce fuel supplies, an army statement and security source said, as the country reels from a long-running economic crisis.
In less than two years, Lebanon’s currency has lost more than 90% of its value, resulting in fuel, energy, and medicine shortages.
This week, the crisis intensified, with critical shortage of the fuel needed to run generators and queues to gas stations reopening.
One man was killed during an argument over a petrol fill-up in the Danniyeh region in northern Lebanon, the army statement said. Two others were killed in Tripoli, the statement said, in what a security source said was also a dispute over fuel.
With Lebanon’s political elite stalled over the creation of a new Cabinet, local media depicted Lebanese staging tiny protests across the country, expressing their dissatisfaction with shortages and government inaction.
Lebanon began subsidizing fuel as a result of the crisis, but had to increase prices recently. The central bank asked the government in June for permission to dip into its mandatory reserves in order to finance imports.
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