- Title: Drone footage captures fuel crisis in Lebanon
- Date: 23rd August 2021
- Summary: DAMOUR, LEBANON (AUGUST 21, 2021) (REUTERS) (MUTE) DRONE FOOTAGE SHOWING HIGHWAY LINKING BEIRUT TO SOUTH LEBANON AT DAMOUR TOWN WITH LONG QUEUES OF VEHICLES WAITING TO FILL THEIR TANKS WITH FUEL DRONE SHOTS SHOWING CARS QUEUING FOR FUEL AT PETROL STATION IN DAMOUR TOWN, SOUTHERN BEIRUT VARIOUS DRONE FOOTAGE SHOWING LONG QUEUES OF VEHICLES WAITING IN FRONT OF PETROL STATIONS AT HIGHWAY LINKING BEIRUT TO SOUTH LEBANON JDEIDEH, LEBANON (AUGUST 20, 2021) (REUTERS) (MUTE) DRONE FOOTAGE SHOWING VEHICLES QUEUING IN FRONT OF WARDIEH PETROL STATION IN JDEIDEH, NORTH BEIRUT DORA, LEBANON (AUGUST 20, 2021) (REUTERS) (MUTE) DRONE FOOTAGE SHOWING VEHICLES QUEUING IN FRONT OF PETROL STATION IN DORA, NORTH OF BEIRUT DRONE FOOTAGE SHOWING VEHICLES QUEUING IN FRONT OF PETROL STATION IN DORA VARIOUS OF DRONE FOOTAGE SHOWING PETROL STATION AND FUEL TANKS IN DORA MORE OF DRONE FOOTAGE SHOWING VEHICLES LINING UP IN FRONT OF PETROL STATION IN DORA VARIOUS OF DRONE FOOTAGE SHOWING VEHICLES QUEUING IN FRONT OF PETROL STATION
- Embargoed: 6th September 2021 13:33
- Keywords: Cars Crisis Drone Fuel Shortage Lebanon
- Location: JDEIDEH, DORA, DAMOUR, LEBANON
- City: JDEIDEH, DORA, DAMOUR, LEBANON
- Country: Lebanon
- Topics: Middle East,Government/Politics,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001ERI3NLZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of vehicles lined up to fill their empty tanks all over Lebanon causing traffic on main highways, Reuters drone footage showed.
Vehicles queued on the highway linking Beirut to South Lebanon, and more vehicles were queuing toward the country's north.
The Lebanese government said on Sunday (August 22) that it was raising gasoline prices by 66% in a partial reduction of fuel subsidies as it seeks to ease crippling shortages that have brought the country to a standstill.
Lebanese army deployed at some petrol stations to keep order.
The increase in 95-octane gasoline prices would take effect immediately, the government said in a statement. It follows the state's decision on Saturday to change the exchange rate used to price petroleum products in a bid to ease the shortages.
The fuel crisis worsened this month when the central bank said it could no longer finance fuel imports at heavily subsidized exchange rates and would switch to market rates.
The government, concerned about the impact of price rises, in a compromise agreed with the central bank on Saturday to raise prices, but by less than the market rate, to allow subsidized imports to resume for now.
The rise in prices will mean more hardship in a country where poverty levels have soared during a two-year-long financial meltdown that has wiped more than 90% off the value of the Lebanese pound.
Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah has arranged for a shipment of fuel from Iran to help ease the fuel shortage in Lebanon.
(Production: Issam Abdallah)
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