“Lebanon has been left without electricity, plunging the country into darkness amid a severe economic crisis.
A government official told Reuters news agency the country’s two largest power stations, Deir Ammar and Zahrani, had shut down because of a fuel shortage.
The power grid “completely stopped working at noon today” and was unlikely to restart for several days, they said.
For the past 18 months Lebanon has endured a severe economic crisis which has got worse amid fuel shortages.
That crisis has left half its population in poverty, crippled its currency and sparked major demonstrations against politicians.
A lack of foreign currency meanwhile has made it hard to pay overseas energy suppliers.
Comment: I know Lebanon well, a lovely place filled with charming people. As I have written before, foreign interference in Lebanon’s political processes, mainly US interference at the behest of Zionist interests, has contributed to Lebanese inability to effectively manage its situation. Having said that, I must add that Lebanese lack of governmental and managerial skill is impressive. The country is a warren of competing petty interests in which any real devotion to the notion of Lebanon as “watan,” (fatherland) is sadly missing. This kind of disaster results. pl