Tripoli, 28 July 2013:
The country’s recent protests have sparked panic-buying of fuel across the capital, with hundreds of cars queueing to fill their tanks.
Three lanes of traffic had been brought almost to a standstill outside the Al-Hadba Al Sharghiya petrol station on the road to Salah Al-Din this morning. The road was being blocked by double queues of cars all trying to force their way to the fuel pumps.
The petrol station in Zawiyat Al-Dahmani had queues stretching as far back as the Ali Siyala Secondary School. Libya Herald reporters lost count after 90 cars.
Outside the Sidi Mesri petrol station, which was closed, there were double queues of parked cars. Some of these were empty, their occupants apparently grown bored of waiting. It was not clear whether the petrol station had run out of fuel or was closed for some other reason.