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Frustrated locals protest in Jaffna as fuel supplies run dry

Hundreds of frustrated Tamils staged an impromptu sit-down protest on Saturday, as fuel shortages continued to plague the island and even essential workers unable to access supplies.

At the IOC Lanka petrol station by the Jaffna district secretariat, hundreds of people had gathered by the fuel station and waited in line for hours in anticipation of being able to fill up with fuel.

However, the petrol station was soon closed as supplies ran dry leaving hundreds of frustrated locals in the lurch.

Sri Lanka announced an island-wide shut down until at least July 10 last week, with only essential services allowed fuel amidst a worsening economic crisis.

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