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Fuel shortage brings Lebanon to standstill

A traffic jam caused by cars lining up for fuel is seen in Damour, Lebanon August 21, 2021. The economic collapse that has caused Lebanese mounting hardship for two years hit a crunch point this month with fuel shortages paralyzing even essential services and miles-long queues forming at gas stations with little or no petrol to sell.

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A traffic jam caused by cars lining up for fuel is seen in Damour, Lebanon August 21, 2021. The economic collapse that has caused Lebanese mounting hardship for two years hit a crunch point this month with fuel shortages paralyzing even essential...more

A traffic jam caused by cars lining up for fuel is seen in Damour, Lebanon August 21, 2021. The economic collapse that has caused Lebanese mounting hardship for two years hit a crunch point this month with fuel shortages paralyzing even essential services and miles-long queues forming at gas stations with little or no petrol to sell. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah
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People wait in cars to get fuel at a gas station in Zalka, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. Roads have been clogged as motorists have queued for the little gasoline left. Prices have soared on the black market. Some confrontations over gasoline have turned deadly. The fuel oil that powers much of Lebanon has also nearly run out, leading to lengthy blackouts.

REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

People wait in cars to get fuel at a gas station in Zalka, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. Roads have been clogged as motorists have queued for the little gasoline left. Prices have soared on the black market. Some confrontations over gasoline have turned...more

People wait in cars to get fuel at a gas station in Zalka, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. Roads have been clogged as motorists have queued for the little gasoline left. Prices have soared on the black market. Some confrontations over gasoline have turned deadly. The fuel oil that powers much of Lebanon has also nearly run out, leading to lengthy blackouts. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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A man shields from the sun with an umbrella as he waits to get fuel from a gas station in Jal el-Dib, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A man shields from the sun with an umbrella as he waits to get fuel from a gas station in Jal el-Dib, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A man shields from the sun with an umbrella as he waits to get fuel from a gas station in Jal el-Dib, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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Cars queue for fuel at a gas station in Damour, Lebanon August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah

Cars queue for fuel at a gas station in Damour, Lebanon August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah

Cars queue for fuel at a gas station in Damour, Lebanon August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah
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A woman reads a book as she waits to get fuel from a gas station, in Jal el-Dib, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A woman reads a book as she waits to get fuel from a gas station, in Jal el-Dib, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A woman reads a book as she waits to get fuel from a gas station, in Jal el-Dib, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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Motorbike drivers wait to get fuel at a gas station in Dora, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Motorbike drivers wait to get fuel at a gas station in Dora, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Motorbike drivers wait to get fuel at a gas station in Dora, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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A woman stands on her balcony during a power cut, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 18, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi

A woman stands on her balcony during a power cut, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 18, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi

A woman stands on her balcony during a power cut, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 18, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi
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Barbers shave their customers outside their shop due to a power cut in Beirut, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Barbers shave their customers outside their shop due to a power cut in Beirut, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Barbers shave their customers outside their shop due to a power cut in Beirut, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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A man tries to start a portable generator, which provides electricity, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi

A man tries to start a portable generator, which provides electricity, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi

A man tries to start a portable generator, which provides electricity, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi
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People queue to buy bread from a bakery, after the central bank decided to effectively end subsidies on fuel imports, in Sidon, Lebanon, August 13, 2021. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

People queue to buy bread from a bakery, after the central bank decided to effectively end subsidies on fuel imports, in Sidon, Lebanon, August 13, 2021. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

People queue to buy bread from a bakery, after the central bank decided to effectively end subsidies on fuel imports, in Sidon, Lebanon, August 13, 2021. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
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A woman wearing a protective mask sits outside a bar during a power cut in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi

A woman wearing a protective mask sits outside a bar during a power cut in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi

A woman wearing a protective mask sits outside a bar during a power cut in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi
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A man uses his phone as he waits to get fuel from a gas station, in Jal el-Dib, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A man uses his phone as he waits to get fuel from a gas station, in Jal el-Dib, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A man uses his phone as he waits to get fuel from a gas station, in Jal el-Dib, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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Cars stand in line as they wait to fuel up from a gas station in Damour, Lebanon August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah

Cars stand in line as they wait to fuel up from a gas station in Damour, Lebanon August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah

Cars stand in line as they wait to fuel up from a gas station in Damour, Lebanon August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah
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Cars stand in line as they wait to fuel up from a gas station in Damour, Lebanon August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah

Cars stand in line as they wait to fuel up from a gas station in Damour, Lebanon August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah

Cars stand in line as they wait to fuel up from a gas station in Damour, Lebanon August 21, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah
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Cars queue to fuel up at a gas station in Dora, Lebanon August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah

Cars queue to fuel up at a gas station in Dora, Lebanon August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah

Cars queue to fuel up at a gas station in Dora, Lebanon August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah
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People push their cars due to a lack of fuel, near a gas station in Dora, Lebanon, August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

People push their cars due to a lack of fuel, near a gas station in Dora, Lebanon, August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

People push their cars due to a lack of fuel, near a gas station in Dora, Lebanon, August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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People make their way through a road blocked by protestors as fuel crisis worsens, in Beirut, Lebanon August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

People make their way through a road blocked by protestors as fuel crisis worsens, in Beirut, Lebanon August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

People make their way through a road blocked by protestors as fuel crisis worsens, in Beirut, Lebanon August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
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A view shows fuel storage tanks in Dora, Lebanon August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah

A view shows fuel storage tanks in Dora, Lebanon August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah

A view shows fuel storage tanks in Dora, Lebanon August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah
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Motorbike drivers wait to get fuel at a gas station in Dora, Lebanon, August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Motorbike drivers wait to get fuel at a gas station in Dora, Lebanon, August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Motorbike drivers wait to get fuel at a gas station in Dora, Lebanon, August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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Lebanese army soldiers and rescuers are seen at the site of a fuel tanker explosion in Akkar, in northern Lebanon, August 15, 2021. At least 28 people were killed in the explosion when a fuel tanker exploded as people rushed to get a share. REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim

Lebanese army soldiers and rescuers are seen at the site of a fuel tanker explosion in Akkar, in northern Lebanon, August 15, 2021. At least 28 people were killed in the explosion when a fuel tanker exploded as people rushed to get a share....more

Lebanese army soldiers and rescuers are seen at the site of a fuel tanker explosion in Akkar, in northern Lebanon, August 15, 2021. At least 28 people were killed in the explosion when a fuel tanker exploded as people rushed to get a share. REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim
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A man, who was injured during a fuel tank explosion in Akkar, receives treatment at a hospital in Beirut, Lebanon August 15, 2021. REUTERS/Emile Madi

A man, who was injured during a fuel tank explosion in Akkar, receives treatment at a hospital in Beirut, Lebanon August 15, 2021. REUTERS/Emile Madi

A man, who was injured during a fuel tank explosion in Akkar, receives treatment at a hospital in Beirut, Lebanon August 15, 2021. REUTERS/Emile Madi
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A burnt truck is seen at the site of a fuel tank explosion in Akkar, in northern Lebanon, August 15, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim

A burnt truck is seen at the site of a fuel tank explosion in Akkar, in northern Lebanon, August 15, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim

A burnt truck is seen at the site of a fuel tank explosion in Akkar, in northern Lebanon, August 15, 2021. REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim
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Broken glass is seen on the building of the home of Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati, after clashes between security forces and protesters in Beirut, following a fuel tank explosion in northern Lebanon, August 15, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah

Broken glass is seen on the building of the home of Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati, after clashes between security forces and protesters in Beirut, following a fuel tank explosion in northern Lebanon, August 15, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah

Broken glass is seen on the building of the home of Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati, after clashes between security forces and protesters in Beirut, following a fuel tank explosion in northern Lebanon, August 15, 2021. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah
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Garbage bins placed by protesters block a road, as fuel crisis worsens, in Beirut, Lebanon August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

Garbage bins placed by protesters block a road, as fuel crisis worsens, in Beirut, Lebanon August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

Garbage bins placed by protesters block a road, as fuel crisis worsens, in Beirut, Lebanon August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
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