A fuel shortage has helped send food prices soaring. Electricity is blacking out


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<nyt_text>A fuel shortage has helped send food prices soaring. Electricity is blacking out even before the summer. And gas-line gunfights have killed at least five people and wounded dozens over the past two weeks.
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A farmer in his field outside Cairo. Farmers already lack fuel for the pumps that irrigate their fields, and they say they fear they will not have enough for the tractors.

The root of the crisis, economists say, is that Egypt is running out of the hard currency it needs for fuel imports. The shortage is raising questions about Egypt’s ability to keep importing wheat that is essential to subsidized bread supplies, stirring fears of an economic catastrophe at a time when the government is already struggling to quell violent protests by its political rivals.

Yet with the money we are giving them they are buying weapons