People wave Hezbollah flags as a convoy of tanker trucks carrying Iranian fuel arrived in Lebanon. 16 September, 2021. (Photo credit: Aziz Taher/Reuters)
On 22 January, Lebanese media reported that Hezbollah will resume the distribution of Iranian fuel after deliveries were temporarily suspended at the start of the year.
According to Lebanon 24, fuel distribution has been halted since the beginning of January due to a logistical problem in Syria.
Last year, the Lebanese resistance movement announced it had reached a deal with Tehran for the shipment of at least four oil tankers to alleviate Lebanon’s severe energy crisis.
However, in order to circumvent unilateral US sanctions, the oil tankers were forced to dock at Baniyas Port in Syria, before being unloaded and taken the rest of the way in tanker trucks.
Since the start of the scheme in mid-September, dozens of convoys made up of hundreds of tanker trucks have entered Lebanon.
Now reports indicate that the distribution process will continue in February and March, and that one 200 liter barrel of diesel will be sold for a lump sum of two million Lebanese liras (about $100).
Late last year, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah announced that the resistance movement had spent over $10 million in both free and subsidized fuel for Lebanese people and institutions
Nasrallah revealed that during the “first phase” of their fuel-importing plan, $7.5 million were spent in subsidizing prices and $2.6 million were spent in giving fuel to Lebanese NGOs, municipalities, government hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, and other organizations free of charge.
He then went on to highlight that the next phases of fuel distribution plan would prioritize people living above an altitude of 500 meters.
Over the past year, Lebanon has seen its fuel reserves dry out amid an economic crisis that has pushed over 80 percent of the population below the poverty line.
On top of this, in early December the last two major power plants in the country were forced to shut down, forcing the entire country to rely on private generators for their energy needs.