In Lebanon, which was struggling with the economic crisis, almost all of the gas stations turned off the pumps, as the Central Bank abolished the subsidy for fuel as of August 12 and the Ministry of Energy did not renew the prices for gasoline and diesel.
In many parts of the country, incidents that turned into armed fights from time to time took place in long queues of drivers waiting for hours in front of fuel stations since the early hours of the morning for 2 days.
This morning, an unidentified person randomly opened fire on the vehicles in front of the gas station in the al-Bazuriye region of the city of Sur in the south. The country’s official news agency NNA reported that there were injuries in the incident.
The oil-fired bakeries in the country have also complained that they can’t bake bread since they have had trouble finding diesel for two days. While most of the bakeries in Sidon, located in the south of Lebanon, were closed because they could not find fuel, long queues formed in front of the bread bakers.
Today, it has been seen that people wait in long lines for bread in front of many bakeries in the northern city of Tripoli.
Those waiting in the gas and bread lines in the north of the country told the AA correspondent about their experiences.
Citizen complains about spending the night in the gas queue
A person who was waiting in the gas line in Tripoli and did not want his name to be disclosed, stated that he had been waiting in front of the gas station since yesterday and said:
“I spent the night waiting in the car to buy gas and still couldn’t get the fuel. How can a citizen who has to wait in front of the gas station for one day and cannot go to work, bring bread to his family?”
“What do we eat if even bakeries can’t make bread?”
Yusra Batl, a resident of Tripoli, also stated that she has been waiting in front of the bakery for several hours to buy bread, and said, “No one is seeking our rights in Lebanon. What do we eat if even the bakeries cannot produce bread?” used his statements.
On the other hand, Ali Zarur, the owner of the bakery in the city, said that he has very little diesel and he can manage with it for a few more hours.
Complaining that the authorities do not supply fuel to the bakeries and flour producers, Zarur said, “When I run out of fuel, I will have to turn off the oven.” said.
Meanwhile, Lebanese Bakers Union President Ali İbrahim described the current situation in the country as “tragic” and said, “Authorities cannot comprehend the crisis and do not take responsibility.” he said.
The Central Bank decision and the reactions of the authorities
In Lebanon, where the biggest economic crisis of the last 30 years was experienced, the state subsidized the daily consumption of approximately 12 million liters of fuel through the Central Bank.
In the written statement made by the bank, it was stated that the foreign currency loans to be provided for fuel, to be implemented as of August 12, would be calculated over the free rate in the market instead of the official rate, and thus the fuel subsidy would be abolished.
Reacting to the Central Bank’s decision, the Lebanese Presidency and Prime Ministry accused Central Bank Governor Riyadh Salame of “taking this decision alone, which would have dangerous consequences”.
Citizens, who have difficulty in finding electricity and fuel, continue to protest the administrators and the Central Bank with the actions of closing the roads to traffic in different parts of the country for two days.
While there is difficulty in supplying fuel to power plants due to the foreign exchange liquidity problem in the country, daily power cuts are up to 20 hours throughout Lebanon for weeks.
Owners of neighborhood generators, which provide electricity to citizens during the hours when the Lebanese Electricity Authority cannot serve, also stated that they bought diesel from the black market at exorbitant prices since the fuel provided by the central bank at low rates could not be found in the market, and keep the bills high.
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