After crowds queued outside of bakeries across the country for bundles of bread last weekend, Lebanese officials announced that there is no fear of a lurking bread shortage in Lebanon.
On Saturday evening, the Minister of Economy and Trade Raoul Nehme tweeted, “We have a large stock of wheat and flour, and therefore there is no bread shortage crisis, and we call on citizens not to rush to bakeries.”
Apparently, Chamsine Bakery declared that it would not distribute bread to local supermarkets and shops, and only sell it in the bakery, which was misconstrued by the people as a bread crisis.
In addition, local news agencies and social media announced that the price of a 900gr bag of bread reached 2,500 LL, versus its original price of 1,000 LL.
The fear of a bread crisis is not baseless. The country’s crises continue, and discussions of a shortage of wheat, among other shortages and the smuggling of essentials into Syria, have been open-ended.