Sawt Beirut International (SBI) reporter Ibrahim Fatfat has transmitted the evolving phenomenon of selling gasoline gallons on the roads in Al Abdeh Akkar, which is the same case across all regions.
Selling gasoline in gallons has become a new job for unemployed youth, amid the stifling economic and financial crisis the country is going through. One of the young sellers on the highway told SBI, “I am 23 years, and my main job is in construction, but my work has been suspended due to the catastrophic circumstances the country is facing, which ended me up selling gasoline.” He added that one of his friends head towards Beirut on daily basis to fill his vehicles with gasoline, and then withdraw it from his car to sell it in retail.
The young man purchases each tank of gasoline at 27,000 LBP, and sells it for 30,000 LBP. “I sell between 25 to 30 gallons per day,” he said.
Regarding the decision that prohibits people from purchasing gasoline gallons from gas stations, under legal prosecution by the security forces, the young man said, “Citizens in Akkar insist on providing them this service, due to the huge shortage of gasoline in the region, however, the state did not allow them to work within the law.
The young man pointed out that Akkar, even before the crisis, suffers from the scarcity of gasoline among other goods and commodities. “No one cares about Akkar, as if it is detached from Lebanon,” he said.