Every day, Ahmad, his wife and four young children wake up at dawn, the humid heat of late July filling their small apartment on the outskirts of Beirut as soon as the fan stops spinning due to the four to five-hour blackouts every morning.

For weeks now, electricity supplied by the government has been reaching Lebanese homes for a mere one or two hours a day, with the companies that operate the private electric generators rationing the supply amid crippling fuel shortages.EFE