“I am very tired and unable to travel to the capital for treatment of chronic diseases due to the high cost of gasoline. Help us,” a Libyan woman cried out, complaining about the harsh living conditions, and shedding light on the fuel scarcity crisis and its high prices in the oil-rich southern Libyan region.
This citizen, who launched a distress call in a video clip, complains of chronic diseases, as she says that she is forced to move from the city of Ghat to the capital, Tripoli, in order to carry out medical observation every two months, but due to the high prices of gasoline and airline tickets, she is no longer able to do so and her life has become threatened, calling on the government to intervene to deal with this crisis.
During this week, the fuel crisis worsened in several areas in southern Libya, and gasoline was lost from official stations. On the other hand, its prices jumped to record levels in the black markets and reached 7 dinars, while its price does not exceed 0.15 in the regions of western Libya, which angered the people who went out. in protests.-
In a frequent scene, long lines of cars line up from the early morning hours daily in front of gas stations for the purpose of obtaining a few liters of gasoline, while it is available in large quantities in the parallel black markets.--
Smuggling and the absence of a state
In this context, civil society activist Hamid Al-Suwaisi confirmed in a statement to Al-Arabiya.net that the main reason for the fuel crisis in the south is “smuggling and the absence of the state,” explaining that “the quantities of fuel allocated to the southern Libyan region are stolen to be smuggled before they reach the citizen.” Either from the main oil depots located in the ports, as well as by the security services that control the south, as well as by the owners of fuel distribution stations who sell a small amount of gasoline to citizens at official prices, then direct the rest to smuggling and sell it at double prices.
While gasoline is bought at exorbitant prices, the Libyan southern region, which includes the most important oil fields, produces about 500,000 barrels per day.