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'Like a Rolls Royce without fuel': Dollar-strapped Lebanon hospitals faced with closure

FRANCE 24 screen grab showing cardiologist  Dr. Ali Koweyes at a hospital in Lebanon.
FRANCE 24 screen grab showing cardiologist Dr. Ali Koweyes at a hospital in Lebanon. FRANCE 24

Hospitals across Lebanon are experiencing serious funding problems as a consequence of the current crisis as nationwide protests enter their second month. FRANCE 24’s Nadia Massih and Mohamed Farhat report from a hospital in Tyre.

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Thousands flooded Lebanese cities once again on Sunday to call for change, but beyond the streets, the turmoil is tangible in the country’s clinics and hospital wards. Private hospitals are now owed $1.3 billion in unpaid bills by the dollar-strapped state, doctors aren’t getting their monthly pay packets, labs are perilously short on supplies and the patients they treat can’t withdraw cash from their banks to pay their healthcare bills. Ten hospitals have already been forced to close their doors to cancer patients.

To watch FRANCE 24's special report from Tyre, click on the video player above.

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