BEIRUT —The state power utility has announced that it has lost control of eight transformers after residents across the country hijacked its infrastructure.
Here’s what we know:
• Since Thursday evening, eight of EDL’s transformers, including Horj, Basta, Sur, Baalbeck, al-Msayleh, Zahrani, Wadi Jilo and Nabatieh, were “out of [EDL’s] control” after citizens hijacked the facilities, Electricité du Liban said in a statement.
• “Aggressors” in Sur, al-Msayleh, Zahrani, Wadi Jilo and Nabatieh provided more than 12 hours of power to some areas while depriving others, the monopoly power provider said.
• EDL added that its employees at the Horj transformer were threatened and prevented from carrying out their duties, which resulted in power cuts in the area “in order to preserve public safety.”
• The utility called on security forces to regain control of the facilities.
• Since the start of the summer, the country has endured prolonged electricity blackouts, with EDL providing less than a handful of hours of power a day in most areas.