ebanon's electricity grid was back online on November 7th only after the Lebanese Army supplied fuel to two key power stations which had run out. Last week the Deir Ammar and Zahrani plants ground to a halt causing the state electricity network to collapse and leaving Lebanon without electricity. For the past 18 months Lebanon has endured an economic crisis and extreme fuel shortages. That crisis has left half its population in poverty while a lack of foreign currency meanwhile has made it hard to pay energy suppliers in neighbouring countries. Many Lebanese people already depend on private diesel-powered generators for energy. These, however, have become increasingly expensive to run amid the lack of fuel. With winter coming, around 6.8 million people rely on the national power grid.