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Due to fuel shortages, two of Lebanon’s biggest power stations were forced to shut down on Saturday, leaving the country – which is already in crisis, both politically and economically – in the dark, an official source has said.

The blackout in the country of almost six million is expected to last for several days, the government source told Reuters.

The affected Deir Ammar and Zahrani power stations had been providing 40% of Lebanon’s electricity, according to their operator, Electricité Du Liban.

The facilities ran out of fuel because the government lacked foreign currency to pay foreign energy suppliers. Ships carrying oil and gas had reportedly refused to dock in Lebanon until payments for their deliveries had been made in US dollars.

The power-supply situation had been dire in the country before the complete blackout, with residents able to get electricity for only two hours a day.

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Due to fuel shortages, two of Lebanon’s biggest power stations were forced to shut down on Saturday, leaving the country – which is already in crisis, both politically and economically – in the dark, an official source has said.

The blackout in the country of almost six million is expected to last for several days, the government source told Reuters.

The affected Deir Ammar and Zahrani power stations had been providing 40% of Lebanon’s electricity, according to their operator, Electricité Du Liban.

The facilities ran out of fuel because the government lacked foreign currency to pay foreign energy suppliers. Ships carrying oil and gas had reportedly refused to dock in Lebanon until payments for their deliveries had been made in US dollars.

The power-supply situation had been dire in the country before the complete blackout, with residents able to get electricity for only two hours a day.

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A view shows the Zahrani Power Plant, in Zahrani, Lebanon August 11, 2021. © Reuters / Aziz Taher
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