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Protests erupt in Lebanon over hike in fuel prices

October 21, 2021 at 9:29 am

Residents queue outside a gas distribution station to fill gas cylinders in Beirut, Lebanon, on 24 August 2021 [Hasan Shaaban/Bloomberg/Getty Images]

Hundreds of protesters yesterday blocked the main roads across Lebanon following a rise in fuel prices announced by the Ministry of Energy, Anadolu reported.

In the capital, Beirut, scores of protesters blocked the main roads in the Al-Kola area, and at the Saifi intersection, while others blocked the southern road linking the capital with the city of Aley.

Other major cities also witnessed similar civil action including Tripoli, Sidon and Baalbek.

Earlier yesterday, the Ministry of Energy announced that the price of gasoline was to increase by about 25 per cent and diesel by 15 per cent.

Lebanon is in an economic quagmire and looking for immediate financial support. The country is going through one of the worst financial crises seen globally since the mid-nineteenth century and the Lebanese lira has been devalued.

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