The head of Tehran-backed Lebanese terror group Hezbollah says deliveries of Iranian fuel will arrive “in the days to come” to help solve the beleaguered country’s dire shortages.
For the second time in four days, Hassan Nasrallah says in a televised address that fuel shipments will leave the Islamic Republic for Lebanon.
Nasrallah also dismisses as “illusions” a reported US-backed initiative to ease Lebanon’s energy crisis.
In his first televised address on Thursday, Nasrallah announced the departure “in the coming hours” of a shipload of fuel for Lebanon in defiance of US sanctions on Iran.
Today, Nasrallah says the first Iranian ship loaded with fuel is “at sea.”
“A second ship will set sail in the next few days, and it will be followed by others,” he says. “We will continue this process as long as Lebanon needs it. The aim is to help all Lebanese, [not just] Hezbollah supporters or the Shiites.”
Today alone, fuel prices have soared by up to 70 percent after yet another subsidy cut, piling more pressure on people struggling to make ends meet.
The cost of hydrocarbons in Lebanon has now roughly tripled in the two months since the central bank started cutting its support for imports. The latest cut, which is expected to cause knock-on price hikes on other key commodities, adds to the Mediterranean country’s economic crisis, one of the world’s worst since the 1850s.
Fuel shortages have forced businesses and government offices to close, even threatening blackouts at hospitals.