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Petrol stations in Lebanon will begin an open-ended strike on Thursday nationwide, a union representative said on Wednesday amid the country's worst economic crisis in decades.
In a statement carried on state news agency NNA, the petrol stations union said it was striking because of losses incurred from being forced to purchase dollars on a parallel market, the primary source of hard currency in economic hard times.
Petrol stations must collect payments from customers in Lebanese pounds but pay private fuel importers in dollars.
The cost of dollars on the parallel market has surged since the start of protests, hovering currently at about 40% more than the official pegged rate, set at 1507.5 Lebanese pounds since 1997.
There were queues at some petrol stations in Beirut late on Wednesday but the situation remained relatively calm.