Lebanon: army deploys to gas stations, victims of fuel shortages


Several establishments have had to close their doors for lack of diesel to power private generators.

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Armed men near pumps in Lebanon. The army deployed Saturday, August 14 to many gas stations in the grip of serious fuel shortages. The latter were caused by the decision of the governor of the Central Bank, who on Wednesday lifted subsidies on the import of several essential goods, including fuels.

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From then on, endless lines appeared in front of the gas stations. Fuel trucks were stormed by angry citizens, Lebanese newspaper website reports L’Orient-Le Jour.

In a statement, the army threatens to “search closed gas stations, confiscate all quantities of gasoline stored there (…) and distribute them directly and free of charge” motorists. She claims to have already seized more than 78,000 liters of gasoline stored in two service stations as well as 57,000 liters of diesel in a third, in the east of the country.

Several establishments have had to close their doors for lack of diesel to power private generators. Power outages peak at over 22 hours a day.

The American University of Beirut Medical Center, one of the country’s leading private hospitals, spoke on Saturday about a “imminent disaster”, saying he is forced to cease his activities within 48 hours if he does not obtain fuel. “Forty sick adults and 15 children, on ventilators, will die immediately”, he is alarmed in a press release. The hospital also claims that “180 people suffering from renal failure will die of poisoning after a few days (…) Several hundred cancer patients, adults and children, will die in the coming weeks.”



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