Employees at Rafik Hariri University Hospital protest in Beirut.(The Daily Star/File/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Health Minister Wael Abu Faour promised Tuesday to pay salaries to Hariri Hospital staff in the next 24 hours, resolving the 8-day strike that had paralyzed services at the medical facility.The staff rebuffed all accusations of holding the hospital and the patients hostage.Last month, the government approved a plan proposed by Abu Faour to tackle the mounting problems facing the hospital, after media reports alleged corruption in the medical facility, which was inaugurated in 2004 .Abu Faour warned earlier this year that the hospital might be closed due to its high budget deficit.The Cabinet has also agreed to provide the hospital with a loan of around LL20 billion ($13.3 million).
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