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Lebanon's socio-economic, political crisis deepens

Mariam Saleh
Press TV, Beirut

Near Beirut international Airport, the first thing that one would notice is the long queues of cars which begin from the early hours of the morning.

Police try to assist the station workers in organizing the line-up of all types of vehicles which come to one of the few gas stations in Beirut which allow them to fill their tanks completely. People here are already fed-up.

Member of the Gas Station Owners Syndicate tells PressTV the crisis is far from over.

Others believe there should be free commerce when it comes to importing fuel and allowing anyone in Lebanon to import fuel and break the cartel’s monopoly. The latest crisis does not stop there.

Mohammad Qassem was a public high school teacher for some 40 years. Today his pension is worth only 10% what it used to be.

With so many unanswered questions and a complex socio-political and economic crisis, experts warn a possible western intervention could worsen the situation.

Observers see prospects of civil unrest ahead especially in light of the state’s incapability of dealing with basic issues, and the lack of agreement on a new cabinet.

The Lebanese people have reached a state of anger and frustration, lining up for hours to fill their gas tanks; at many times, the anger spills into fist fights and shootings. These incidents warn of a possibility of unrest and as the caretaker Prime Minister put it, social explosion.


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