SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 23 June 2021, Wednesday |

Pharmacies shut, fuel rationed in Lebanon’s Nabatieh

Pharmacies were shut on Friday in Lebanon’s southern city of Nabatieh for the second consecutive day as the country has run out of several medicines, the National News Agency reported.

Owners of pharmacies appealed to the Ministry of Public Health to intervene and urge the concerned companies to deliver the needed medicines, in particular the ones that treat chronic diseases, in order to ward off the potential repercussions of the crisis.

On another note, cars lined up outside gas stations and citizens were seen waiting long hours amid a rationing of scarce fuel and growing public anger over an accelerating economic collapse.

Comments that subsidies – including on fuel, wheat and medicine – may soon end have triggered panic buying.

Scenes of brawls over subsidized goods at supermarkets have also heightened fears among Lebanese over their most basic needs.

The Lebanese pound has sunk by more than 85% in the country’s worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war. It has plunged many into poverty and endangered key imports as dollars grow scarce.