A fuel crisis in Lebanon is threatening to paralyse some of the country’s essential services. With petrol being rationed, police are giving emergency vehicles priority. But fuel supplies are fast running out. And it is hospitals which are now under threat. Without fuel to generate electricity, the World Health Organisation warns 60 percent of the country’s hospitals could soon stop functioning. A doctor in a hospital in Saida says there is enough for just four more days.
Two large shipments of heavy fuel oil are ready to dock in Beirut. But the ships’ owners refuse to proceed unless Israel guarantees their safety.