Yemen suffering from major fuel shortages
Thousands must wait in long lines to retrieve fuel. (AFP/File)
Public anger is simmering in Yemen over a severe fuel and electricity crisis, with Yemeni people accusing the government of failing to meet their basic needs, Press TV reports.
Over the past days, thousands of cars, mostly taxis and buses, have been waiting in long lines at gas stations in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a as the Arab country is suffering from serious fuel and electricity shortages.
“I’ve been waiting in line for three days… I’ve lost more money than the amount of diesel they allow me to fill,” a Yemeni driver told Press TV.
The electricity crisis has also resulted in several blackouts across Yemen, plunging many houses into long hours of utter darkness.
Many Yemenis say the transitional government has failed to resolve the economic and humanitarian problems gripping the country.
“I call upon the current government officials to provide us with fuel, diesel and electricity. If they cannot do that, we then call on them to resign from their positions,” said a Yemeni citizen.
This is while the Yemeni government is currently looking into lifting the subsidies on fuel, a move which may plunge the country further into social unrest.
On April 23, thousands of Yemenis staged a large protest rally near the Petroleum Ministry in Sana’a to voice their outrage at the government’s failure to tackle the ongoing fuel and electricity crisis.
Yemen is among the poorest countries in the Arab world. Forty percent of the people in the country are living on two US dollars a day or less, and one third of them are grappling with chronic hunger.