Darkness falls on Beirut nights amid lack of electricity

After Lebanon went into default and fuel ever more scarce

04 August, 16:05

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, AUGUST 4 - The main squares and streets of the Lebanese capital will no longer be lit at night due to ever more frequent halts to the operating of power stations left without fuel. On Tuesday, social media networks were filled with videos and photos published by citizens from the central and usually very crowded Hamra Street which is now in pitch darkness at night, as is Martyrs Square, the political and symbolic heart of Beirut. Lebanon announced in March it would default on debt for the first time. In a country that depends almost entirely on foreign imports and that lacks a proper manufacturing sector, the devaluation of the lira against the US dollar, alongside a lack of foreign currency reserves in banks and the central bank, have made it difficult for the government to buy fuel to run the country's power stations. Provate generators also lack fuel and have been rationed.


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