Ministry says fuel crisis has abated

The government is keeping Egypt's ongoing fuel crisis under control by distributing extra fuel and gas to meet demand, according to the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade.

 Citizens' fears of fuel shortages remain the main cause of fuel crises in many governorates, said the head of the ministry's distribution and control department Fathy Abdel Aziz. He also said the crisis declined after increased amounts of fuel were distributed in markets.

Abdel Aziz told Al-Masry Al-Youm that Kamal al-Ganzouri’s government has the availability of adequate fuel for consumption, including 15,000 tons of gas, 38,000 tons of diesel and about 1 million butane gas cylinders. He added that these amounts exceed the amount normally allocated at this time.

Several gas stations in Kafr al-Sheikh witnessed altercations between drivers fighting over limited gas supplies. Long lines also kept drivers waiting for hours and caused traffic jams.

Due to an increase in demand during Ramadan, butane gas cylinders have disappeared from markets and their prices have increased, a problem further exacerbated by the absence of supply agents’ supervision.

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