He continued, “The Lebanese regions, including Beirut, live in pitch darkness at night, after most of the power generators also stopped working due to the loss of fuel.”
And he added, “The past weeks have witnessed several problems in more than one area that have reached the point of shooting and casualties at gas stations, due to the suffocating congestion in front of them, and the sharp decline in Lebanon’s import of fuel, with the scarcity of foreign cash, which made fuel storage inevitable. Many Lebanese have. He continued, “This matter prompted the General Directorate of Oil in Lebanon to issue a statement, in which it warned “citizens and institutions against the spread of the phenomenon of storing fuels, especially gasoline.”
The General Directorate of Oil added, “These practices directly affect the security of citizens, their property and their lives, and endanger public safety by contributing to direct fires.”
The Lebanese citizen, Afif Al-Sammak, a textile dealer, told Sky News Arabia: “We are afraid of these stored time bombs? We are watching carefully the unknown.”
In turn, the son of the New Road area in Beirut, Hajj Abu Muhammad Iskandarani, said: “We have not forgotten what happened with our neighbors last year. The explosion that occurred in one of the residential buildings caused by storing gasoline led to deaths.”
Khadija Al-Alti said: “We live in a state of anxiety. Are the concerns surrounding us not enough? The houses are full of women and children, and any fire could cause a catastrophe that we do not need.”
Commenting on the storage of fuel in homes, a source in the Engineers Syndicate told Sky News Arabia: “There are no conditions for storing fuels between residential buildings, because basically they are not supposed to be between them.”
He added, “Gasoline, for example, is forbidden to be stored except in petrol stations, which must be far from residential areas.”
And the mayor of the city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon, Doctor Riyad, said in an interview with “Sky News Arabia”: “The matter is very dangerous.”
He added, “The municipal police escorts the internal security forces in accordance with the law upon receiving any complaint that reaches the municipality. In the event of arresting those who store gasoline, they are arrested immediately in accordance with the laws in force, and there is no leniency in this matter, as the temperature is very high and gasoline is time bombs.”
He called on the Tripolitans to contact the municipality and its personal number in case of suspicion of storing gasoline, diesel or other flammable materials.
For his part, the head of the Beirut Municipality Council, Jamal Itani, told “Sky News Arabia”: The Beirut municipality guards are also in full readiness, in coordination with the directives of the city’s governor.
He added, “Patrols are not able to enter our homes until after receiving complaints.”