July 9, 2021
Lebanon’s two main power plants were switched off on Friday, plunging much of the country into a near-total blackout.
The shutdown – caused by the two plants running out of fuel – worsens a crisis that has seen people receive just two hours of electricity a day. A lack of foreign currency has made it hard to pay overseas energy suppliers.
Pharmacies have also gone on strike over medicine shortages caused by the failure to pay foreign importers.