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Gas stations close as fuel runs low across Lebanon

FILE: Gas stations close in protest of dollar shortage in Lebanon, Sept. 18, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Many petrol stations across Lebanon have closed due to fuel shortages, the head of the Syndicate of Gas Station Owners told The Daily Star Sunday.

Sami Brax was unable to confirm the exact number of shuttered stations, but said that the issue would continue for at least the next two days.

The shortage has affected stations across the country.

The majority of petrol stations in Akkar closed Sunday after they ran out of fuel, the state-run National News Agency reported. Other gas stations in the area experienced heavy traffic before shutting down.

Most gas stations in Aley and Metn were also reported to have been closed since Saturday night due to fuel shortage.

On Friday, some gas stations in Tyre notified customers of potential closures, according to local media. Long lines formed at many stations.

Stations in the Beirut area were also reported to be rationing their fuel or shutting due to shortages.

Before mass protests began on Oct. 17, fuel sector companies went on strike multiple times due to the failure of banks to provide dollars at the official exchange rate.

Once the protests broke out, shutting down roads and banks, gas station owners issued dire warnings about fuel supplies. However, protesters began to shift away from closing roads after the Oct. 29 resignation of the government, and banks reopened three days later – restoring the status quo ante.

Banks closed Saturday and Monday for the Prophet Mohammad's birthday, creating a three-day bank holiday.

 

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