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Report - Libyans hit by fuel shortage

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Report - Libyans hit by fuel shortage


As Libyan rebels continue to battle with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s forces for control of Libya, the country is facing a chronic fuel shortage.

The seven-week-old rebellion has shuttered oil refineries which supply petrol stations across the country.

In Ajdabiya, all but one service station has run dry.

From there, euronews correspondent Mustafa Bag said: “In oil-rich Libya, fuel production has come to a complete standstill and it is nearly impossible for people to fill up their cars.”

The rebels, however, have managed to make their first oil exports out of the east of the country in almost a month.

One million barrels of oil have been sent to be refined in Qatar, which has recognised the rebel administration.

The price of oil is at its highest for two and a half years and the rebels are keen to use the revenues to boost the country’s economy.

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