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Fri 30 May 2008 02:08 PM

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Diesel shortage leaves truckers stranded

Heavy goods vehicle drivers are roaming the streets of Doha in search of fuel.

The sole distributor of diesel in Doha is failing to get enough fuel to the filling stations of the city, causing truck drivers to roam the streets in search of just a few gallons for their rigs.

Traffic jams are being caused by long queues of trucks that wait in line at any filling station that has supplies, according to Qatari daily the Peninsular.

The owner of one station said that the main distributor, Woqod, was not delivering the level of supplies ordered by diesel retailers.

The current shortage is not the first for Doha. A similar drought hit diesel pumps last year - a situation that was also blamed on the monopoly Woqod.

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