Long Queues at fuel station; Lebanon faces gas shortages

Covid has changed the daily routines of many especially workers in different sectors. Ever since Covid gripped the livelihood, people started to change their perspective from old normal to new normal. But the other factors and problems that affect the daily lives still matter.

A game designer from Beirut, Lebanon details his multitasking ability when he Stuck in a stationary queue of cars waiting for fuel for a long time due to the fuel shortages.

“I’m in a meeting while I’m waiting for gas. What can I say?” he said wearily, listening to a conference call on speaker while monitoring the queue for any hint of progress.

Fuel shortages in the country have become a wider problem and with this problem, the country plunged into a deep financial crisis Putting many motorists in recent weeks to queue for hours for petrol – sometimes for less than a quarter of a tank. Dozens of cars line up in the capital and cities across Lebanon, often waiting at stations before they open. Tempers sometimes flare. Local media reported an exchange of fire at a petrol station in the northern city of Tripoli on Friday.

“Every day the same story – if there’s fuel we go to work. No fuel, we stay home,” said decorator Alaa Saade, sitting in his truck with other laborers. “We wait for gas station owners to show empathy and let us fill our tanks.”

Energy Minister Raymond Ghajar said on Thursday that  Lebanese drivers must get used to the idea that subsidies, which kept the cost of a tank of fuel at a fifth of its real level, would come to an end.

“Those who can’t pay 200,000 Lebanese pounds ($13 on the informal market) for a tank should stop using a car and use something else,” he said. Until subsidies are lifted, drivers will continue to draw on patience and initiative.

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