In Lebanon, 'Gas War' Means What It Says

From Reuters

Two service stations in northern Lebanon were blown up by attackers who objected to their sale of gasoline below market prices, the official Lebanese news agency said Wednesday.

The stations had been selling at 50 cents a gallon, compared with the official price of 55 cents.

"This angered certain quarters," the news agency said, without elaborating.

The stations in the mountain town of Zagharta were severely damaged, but there were no injuries, the agency said.

Lebanon has suffered a gasoline shortage for the last month as the government, faced with a steep drop in the international value of the Lebanese pound, struggled to find enough hard currency to pay soaring fuel import bills.

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