CAIRO: Police were dispatched to butane gas cylinders warehouses in several governorates in anticipation of clashes among people who lined up for hours in overcrowded queues trying to obtain a cylinder.
In the Delta governorate of Dakahlia, the shortage of gas cylinders continued during the past few days amid presence of police and army forces outside the governorate’s distribution outlets, according to Al-Masry al-Youm.
“The ministry has pumped more than 1,200 cylinders to tackle the deficit in districts of the governorate witnessing a gas shortage,” said Undersecretary of the Ministry of Supply Abdel Rahman al-Sayed.
A man was wounded in the head due to overcrowding queues for gas cylinders in Upper Egypt’s governorate of al-Minya where, according to al-Ahram, the price of a cylinder reached to 80 EGP ($10) Thursday due to exploitation of the black market.
In order to ensure that subsidies, accounting for nearly 30 percent of the general budget, will reach to low-income citizens, “The government has approved introducing the distribution of butane gas cylinders through ration cards,” Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafy said in a February statement.
Governor of Dakahlia Hossam el-Din Imam was quoted by Youm7 saying that the butane cylinders crisis will be solved as soon as the new system of ration cards, with butane cylinders included, is applied.
Egypt imports around 50 percent of its butane gas from Arab countries including Saudi Arabia and Algeria. In January, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has said that the current butane gas shortage crisis was due to “bad weather, which delayed butane shipments.”