There is a severe shortage of fuel and medical supplies

Protests in Lebanon over the living conditions

Cars lining up in long queues amid the oil derivatives crisis in Lebanon.

AFP

Yesterday morning, eastern Lebanon and the capital, Beirut, witnessed protests against the deteriorating living conditions, and protesters demanded the provision of medicines and infant formula, as Lebanon struggles amid a severe shortage of medical supplies and fuel, leaving motorists standing in long queues for hours in front of gas stations across the country. In the midst of a deepening economic crisis.

A number of protesters blocked the Masnaa-Rashaya road in eastern Lebanon, and the Corniche Al-Mazraa road in the capital, Beirut, with containers of waste and stones, and demanded the provision of infant formula and medicine.

It is noteworthy that Lebanon is witnessing a severe economic and financial crisis, which led to an increase in the exchange rate of the dollar, as it touched the threshold of 14,800 Lebanese pounds, and a decline in the purchasing power of citizens, in addition to a decline in the ability of the Bank of Lebanon to meet the government’s decision to support medicines and basic materials listed on the support regulations, which led to Decreased stock of medicines and infant formula in pharmacies, loss of some, declining stock of medical supplies in hospitals, and unavailability of subsidized foodstuffs.

For his part, the President of the Lebanese Republic, General Michel Aoun, informed the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program, Maimouna Muhammad Sharif, of his country's aspiration to support the United Nations and brotherly and friendly countries, to get out of the hardship he is experiencing.

He told President Sharif, "Lebanon, which is facing difficult economic and social conditions, is looking forward to the support of the United Nations organizations and brotherly and friendly countries, so that it can get out of the hardship it has been experiencing for months."

The President of the Republic stressed, “The aid received by Lebanon is not sufficient, given the damage it sustained, whether after the explosion in the port of Beirut, or the spread of the Corona pandemic, and the issue of Syrian displacement, which doubled during the years of the Syrian war.”

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