Network data from NetBlocks confirm the loss of internet service in parts of Beirut, Lebanon from the evening of Saturday 15 January 2022. The intermittent disruptions to connectivity follow an escalating pattern of destabilization of infrastructure as the country’s energy crisis deepens.
Hours earlier, CEO of national telco Ogero stated that communications "will stop working as our last liter of diesel runs out" 🔌📉 pic.twitter.com/QAYQvKa3ms
— NetBlocks (@netblocks) January 15, 2022
State provider Ogero stated earlier on Saturday that communications would “stop working as our last liter of diesel runs out.”
إعلام وليس تحذير.. مع ساعات الصباح الأولى سينقطع الإتصال بدائرة بيروت الثالثة وسيتوقف سنترال المزرعة عن العمل مع نفاذ آخر ليتر مازوت لدينا.. يا ست الدنيا لا تؤاخذينا على ما فعلت البيروقراطية المقيتة فينا .. عذراً يا بيروت وكل مدينة أو ضيعة في لبنان.. pic.twitter.com/FilcZ9mfji
— Imad Kreidieh (@ikreidieh) January 15, 2022
The provider reported later on Sunday that services were “temporarily suspended until we are resupplied with diesel,” explaining that the situation was due to “circumstances beyond our control.”
What’s driving Lebanon’s energy crisis?
Lebanon has been experiencing rolling power blackouts amid soaring energy prices. The economic crisis was exacerbated by a massive explosion in August 2020 that tore through the capital, decimating the business district. The crisis is attributed by many to lack of oversight and mismanagement of finances by the political elite.
— Abir Ghattas (@AbirGhattas) January 16, 2022
- Internet blackouts in Lebanon due to fuel shortages – DPA
- Fuel shortage leads to internet outage in Lebanon – Die Zeit
- Treibstoffmangel: Internet in Beirut teilweise ausgefallen – Heise
- Proveedor nacional corta el Internet en Beirut por la carestía de combustible – EFE
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