BEIRUT: The Syndicate of Pharmacists renewed demands Friday for extra protection by security forces and municipal police after a series of criminal attacks targeted pharmacies and pharmacists in different Lebanese regions.
The syndicate made the request in a statement that deplored “the scheme of criminal actions affecting the union members, including killings, kidnappings and robberies.”
“We demand the reinforcement of measures to guard and secure the pharmacological sector, after it has become a regular target for criminals as part of a scheme to weaken this sector,” the statement said.
Two pharmacies were robbed, and a third sprayed with gunfire, killing a pharmacist, in the area of Amchit, north of Beirut, within a span of 24 hours, according to the statement.
“We appeal to the security and military authorities as well as to municipal police to reinforce security measures around pharmacies, before they are forced to downsize their medical stocks, especially vital but expensive medicines, which is a matter that the syndicate does not approve,” the statement added.