Lebanon has been left without electricity, plunging the country into darkness amid a severe economic crisis.
According to Reuters, the country’s two largest power plants, Deir Ammar and Zahrani, have shut down due to a fuel shortage.
According to him, the power grid “completely stopped working at noon today” and was unlikely to be restarted for several days.
Lebanon has been in the grip of a severe economic crisis for the past 18 months, which has worsened due to fuel shortages.
This crisis has rendered half of the country’s population impoverished, crippled its currency, and sparked large anti-politician protests.
Meanwhile, a lack of foreign currency has made it difficult to pay overseas energy suppliers.
Many Lebanese people already rely on private diesel-powered generators to power their homes. However, due to fuel shortages, these have become increasingly expensive to operate and cannot compensate for the lack of a nationwide power grid.
Prior to this latest outage, people in the country were frequently receiving only two hours of electricity per day.
The country is also dealing with the fallout from the August 2020 Beirut bombing, which killed 219 people and injured 7,000 more.
After the explosion its government resigned, leaving political paralysis. Najib Mikati became prime minister in September, more than a year after the previous administration quit.
Last month the militant group Hezbollah brought Iranian fuel into the country to ease shortages. Its opponents say the group is using the fuel delivery to expand its influence.