Friday, the Lebanese capital, Beirut, witnessed long queues of vehicles stretch from its petrol stations down busy streets as the crisis-hit country faces severe fuel shortages.
Payment delays are also keeping urgent oil stocks on offshore tankers, meaning that many gas stations are facing critical supply shortages.
However, Fadi Abu Shakra, representative of the union for fuel distributors and gas stations in Lebanon, said that the confusion and fear surrounding gas supply was “unjustified.” He denied news reports that oil companies have notified distributors of an end to fuel subsidies.
Since the summer of 2019, Lebanon has been witnessing an accelerating economic collapse, the worst in the country’s history, exacerbated by the horrific explosion of the Beirut Port Aug. 4 and coronavirus-related closures.
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