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Sunday, 20 September 2020
Picture of the day: Cars lining up at petrol stations return to Egypt

The once-familiar scene of cars lining up at petrol stations due to scarcity in fuel supply has returned to Egypt, though to a lesser extent than previously seen in the country.

The head of the Fuel Division at the Chamber Of Commerce, Hossam Arafat, told Al-Ahram's Arabic news website that the fuel crisis is due to a rise in demand which occurs this time of year as Egyptians tend to travel more during the Eid Al-Adha holiday.

He added that the distribution of fuel is unfair, as the poorer areas are suffering the most from the supply shortage.

In 2013, a growing shortage of fuel supply on the back of accumulating arrears to foreign oil firms had resulted in a nation-wide crisis where Egyptians lined up for hours to get fuel.

Following the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, however, Arab Gulf allies to the new regime provided Egypt with aid in the form of fuel shipments. The Egyptian government has also been able to return to repaying debts to oil firms, allowing them to continue operations. (Photo by: Mai Shaheen)

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