By Aimen Eljali.
Tripoli, 16 December 2013:
The end to Tripoli’s petrol crisis and to long queues was celebrated this evening with dancing in the . . .[restrict]streets and the sacrifice of a camel at the petrol station in the city’s Zawiat Al-Dahmani district.
The crisis, which reduced traffic on the roads by an estimated two-thirds, has had the police and army deployed to petrol stations to prevent petrol rage incidents, queues of vehicles at stations tailing back up to two kilometres in length and drivers waiting hours to be served, and black market prices for fuel rocketing.
Queues were noticeably diminishing today but it was still thought that the crisis would last until tomorrow. The queues were largely good natured, with women drivers often being allowed to the top, and black market prices, massively increased in recent days, were back to normal.
Meanwhile, electricity cuts, although substantially reduced, are still managing to hit life in the capital, but they were not, finally, having any effect at the petrol stations where generators have been installed to enable vehicles to continue filling up. [/restrict]