Edible oil has become a rare commodity in Algerian shops, forcing people to wait in long lines in front of the shops and strictly rationing. Stampedes have been seen across the country as people panicked while waiting for this consumer good.
Algerian officials, including President Tebboune, have long tried to hide the sun with a strainer, denying the existence of a lack of vegetable oil supply just outside the gates of the holy month of Ramadan, when this cooking element is usually in high demand.
One thing Algerian officials are good at is the scapegoat. They quickly passed the crisis over to retailers, accusing them of speculation about raising prices and making a profit.
In a picture that can only be seen in refugee camps or war-torn countries, a long line was lined up in Mila in the Jijel region, in which the authorities organized a distribution of a 5-liter bottle of oil.
The onslaught left many injured, especially the elderly and women who had access to this consumer good, which has become rarer in oil and gas-rich Algeria, reported several Algerian media outlets.
“Algeria has never experienced such panic over access to food since the 1990s during the black decade,” said Algeria.
Algerians are sentenced to queue on this day due to a failing government. In addition to shops selling cooking oil, there are also longer queues in post offices and banks in a liquidity crisis.
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