In mid-August, as Libyans prepared for Eid al-Adha, temperatures rocketed to over 40 degrees centigrade. In the oppressive heat, many spent hours at petrol stations, hoping to refill their cars and stockpile in the midst of yet another fuel shortage.
Amid ongoing conflict between forces loosely aligned with the UN-backed Government of National Accord and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF), officials blamed one another for the problems with the fuel supply.
But it was nothing new. Such shortages are common, and many Libyans are used to waiting hours at petrol stations. One Tripoli resident tweeted a Google Earth image, complaining that he could see the fuel queue at his local petrol station from space. Others reported travelling in excess of 100 kilometres to find petrol.