The Observers

Lebanon: Hours-long queues, armed clashes at petrol stations as shortages persist

Long queues – sometimes extending over several kilometres – have formed in front of petrol stations in Lebanon as shortages persist.
Long queues – sometimes extending over several kilometres – have formed in front of petrol stations in Lebanon as shortages persist. © Observers

It’s been madness outside of petrol stations all across Lebanon for the past few weeks – a petrol shortage has resulted in tense, hours-long queues, in some cases, boiling into knife fights and gunfire. Our Observer in Beirut told us about the "humiliation" and stress that Lebanese people have been feeling as they are faced with the latest consequence of the economic crisis affecting the country.