Lebanon has been left without electricity, plunging the country into darkness amid a severe economic crisis.
A government official told Reuters news agency that the country’s two largest power plants, Deir Ammar and Zahrani, had been shut down due to lack of fuel. The grid “stopped working at noon today” and was unlikely to be restarted for several days, they said.
For the past 18 months Lebanon has endured an economic crisis and extreme fuel shortages.
This crisis has left half the population in poverty, damaged its currency and sparked large-scale demonstrations against politicians.
The lack of foreign currency, meanwhile, has made it difficult to pay overseas energy suppliers.
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