/ 26 July 2021

Middle East on edge over power and water shortages

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Extreme high temperatures in the Middle East have put a strain on the electricity grid leaving big areas of Lebanon, Iran and Iraq without power. These nations are also facing huge economic challenges, and reports say governments are struggling to purchase the fuel needed to generate power for critical services, including hospitals. Protests have kicked off in the region, the worst of which are in Iran, which is also dealing with a severe water shortage thanks to a savage drought. At least 8 people have died in clashes with authorities in southwestern Iran, the United Nations says. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said protesters cannot be blamed and called on officials to sort it out.

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