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Lebanon endured a 24-hour blackout when the country’s two main power stations ran out of fuel. It looked like the blackout would last several days, but the government came to the country’s rescue.

The Mediterranean country’s state electricity corporation has been granted $100 million of credit in order to buy fuel. By Sunday the country’s electricity system was back on after the entire country had to rely on their personal diesel-powered generators.

That meant that fuel and diesel was in such high demand that the army has agreed to hand over some of its fuel to keep the country’s electricity system going.

The BBC reports that even before the latest shutdown people were often receiving just two hours of electricity a day.

Last Saturday a similar incident happened when a complete outage across the country meant that the country has now faced two major blackouts in two weeks.

Electricite du Liban said that a fuel oil shipment was expected to arrive on Saturday evening, and was expected to unload at the beginning of next week. Restoring electricity is one of many tough tasks facing Lebanon’s new government, formed last month after 13 months of political wrangling, reports News24.

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