Mohsen told Al-Hurra website, how panic engulfed his house as soon as they were informed of this emergency: “We collected everything that could be recharged, such as batteries, phones, lamps, and computers. Indeed, everything that could be charged and powered by electricity, we and my children distributed it to the electrical sockets, while my wife was running around the house.” To collect the clothes and wash them before the final break, we all sat down at the end and in a dramatic scene looking at the room lamp and waiting for the oil drops to end.
The Lebanese are no longer able to count the crises that hit them. What used to arrive individually has become today a list that hits the country wholesale, on the impact of the worst economic collapse in its history, and amid the lack of solutions due to the depth of the political crisis between the pillars of the Lebanese authority.
Following the gasoline crisis and its queues, which paralyzed transportation, cut off roads and led the country to a security and social chaos moving between gas stations, it seems that the diesel outage crisis will be more resounding and affecting the lives of Lebanon’s residents and their social security, according to what began to appear after the end of the Eid al-Adha holiday.
Possible health disaster
On Thursday, local media recorded the death of a Lebanese citizen in his car while waiting in a queue at a gas station, after suffering a health crisis, after which he was transferred to a hospital.
The most dangerous thing about the diesel crisis that is currently affecting the country is that there will be no hospitals left for the Lebanese to turn to, as the Syndicate of Private Hospital Owners announced, in a statement issued today, that “a big problem is facing the sector, as hospitals are unable to obtain diesel material to operate generators, in The electricity went out for at least 20 hours a day.”
The statement indicates that “a number of hospitals are threatened with running out of this substance within hours, which will put the lives of patients at risk,” and the union’s statement called on officials to “work immediately to solve this problem in order to avoid an inevitable health disaster.”
Indeed, a number of small hospitals have begun to engage in this miserable scenario, while hospitals that have a larger stock of diesel fuel are working at their last breath, as it has become difficult to secure the substance even on the black market.
Weekend bread crisis
Another reflection of the problem of diesel fuel interruption, the Union of Bakeries and Ovens warned of, in a statement today, in which it confirmed that “a loaf crisis is on the doors as of next week, due to the loss of diesel, as some bakeries and bakeries will be forced to stop after depleting the reserves available to them of this substance.”
The statement indicated that “the Oil Directorate delivered, on Monday, a quantity of this substance that is not enough for more than a week, but during the blessed Eid al-Adha holiday, no quantity was delivered, while the Oil Directorate announced that it had run out of this substance, knowing that diesel is available on the black market.” At a price of 140 thousand pounds per plate.
The statement asked: “What is to be done, and how will bakeries and bakeries secure the loaf for citizens? Do the bakeries bear the black market prices? The loaf is a red line and everyone knows that, so do not hold the bakeries this responsibility. Therefore, we call on all officials, especially the Oil Directorate, to avoid this crisis and to secure diesel for the ovens the day before. Monday, because the reserves stored in many bakeries and bakeries are about to expire, and next week they will not be able to produce and will have to stop.”
And the General Directorate of Oil in Lebanon announced, on Wednesday, that it will stop delivering diesel fuel, and keep a very limited amount for emergency and exceptional cases, in addition to maintaining the strategic stockpile of the security forces, after most of the stocks have run out after an exceptional distribution during Eid al-Adha, and in the absence of anticipation. Opening prospective credits to import additional diesel ships for the benefit of the establishments
In his interview with Al-Hurra, the head of the Owners Syndicate, Ali Ibrahim, confirms that no step has been taken so far to prevent the next catastrophe: “No one has moved, asleep, neither the Ministry of Economy concerned with the loaf of bread, nor the Ministry of Energy concerned with securing fuel. Next week, the bakeries will join For gas stations, we will witness wholesale closures, and queues in front of the operating furnaces with their last stock of diesel fuel, and the largest stock is not enough for more than a week.”
He adds, “The insolence brings them to announcing that stocks are running out, and then leaving the country hanging without a solution. How do we work? How does the whole country work without electricity or fuel?”
Ibrahim considers that the crisis is “fabricated, and I do not understand the reason for not opening the credits on time by the Banque du Liban to import diesel according to the market’s need after they raised its price, as long as it will reopen after procrastination. I also do not understand how the material is cut off from the markets and is available on the black market exclusively.. From The beneficiary of the black market? This is the mafia’s fabrication of the crisis, and we will see in the coming days how it will be resolved after it threatens the loaf. Do they dare to engage in a bread crisis? Against their will, they will secure diesel. Everything in the country will stop, even a bag of bread depends on diesel.”
state on vacation
In a press statement, the Director-General of Oil Facilities in the Lebanese Ministry of Energy, Aurour Feghali, said, commenting on the diesel outage crisis, “I could not follow up on the issue of diesel shortage due to the Eid al-Adha holiday… I will contact the Banque du Liban tomorrow,” which provoked a wave of angry reactions. On social media, what they considered “a clear dereliction and disregard for a crisis that threatens the lives of citizens from hour to hour.”
Al-Hurra website contacted Feghali directly to inquire about this statement, and whether the Ministry of Energy is working on a solution to the crisis that threatens the country with complete paralysis. However, Megali refused to comment or make any statement.
Later, a statement was issued by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, in which it was stated that the caretaker Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, followed up on the issue of the shortage of gasoline and diesel oil in the markets, “despite the agreement that occurred between the Banque du Liban and the owners of companies to secure the market’s need for gasoline and diesel for a period of three months.” On the basis of adopting the price of 3900 pounds to the dollar on the platform of the Banque du Liban for the import price.
As Diab requested, according to the statement, “the opening of an investigation to detect the manipulators and monopolists and the party or parties that did not abide by that agreement and announcing their names to the public opinion, he gave his directions to quickly secure diesel to the furnaces threatened with stopping, as 500,000 liters of diesel were secured for the furnaces from uniterminals company begins To receive them as of tomorrow, Friday, based on vouchers issued by the Ministry of Economy.
Also, in a statement, the General Directorate of Oil in Lebanon reiterated that “its stock of mazut in the oil facilities in Tripoli and Zahrani has reached its minimum, and it is intended for exceptional and emergency cases.”
And demanded all the fuel companies to secure the needs of hospitals, respectively, in order to prevent any humanitarian catastrophe due to the interruption of supplies from hospitals.
The statement also called on the Bank of Lebanon to “the necessity of speeding up and taking a quick initiative, even during holidays and feasts, to open the credits for diesel oil, after it was close to running out of the Lebanese markets, out of compassion for the country and citizens, and in response to the rightful cries of citizens.”
The area of darkness widens
“No one asks and no one answers our questions, we call the minister, he does not answer, his advisors do not answer, the general managers of the Ministry of Energy are also, all officials are in a state of hibernation and disregard for the crisis,” the head of the Generators’ Syndicate, Abdo Saadeh, said in a statement to Al-Hurra website.
He added, “All of Lebanon’s generators have started to stop successively due to the lack of fuel oil, and the state is unable to secure electricity from its stations and feed the regions. Matters are no longer a matter of days and temporary solutions, if a quick and sustainable solution to the crisis is not found, the darkness will be a reality in all of Lebanon, for today we live Hour by hour, the problem is with disbursement of credits and distribution, and the Ministry of Energy is responsible, and we cannot wait for the credits from the Banque du Liban. We urgently need diesel before the total darkness falls.”