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Drug, commodity Shortage Hits North Sinai After Palestinian Crisis
Drug, commodity Shortage Hits North Sinai After Palestinian Crisis
Under the current high costs of living already engulfing Egyptian people nowadays, people in North Sinai governorates faced more difficulties due to the sharp decrease in consumer commodities and drugs. This took place after the Palestinians who suffer from the siege of Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) bough huge amounts of goods causing a shortage which the Egyptian market hasn’t addressed yet.
Tuesday, February 5,2008 16:35
by Nadine Abdullah IkhwanWeb
Under the current high costs of living already engulfing Egyptian people nowadays, people in North Sinai governorates faced more difficulties due to the sharp decrease in consumer commodities and drugs. This took place after the Palestinians who suffer from the siege of Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) bough huge amounts of goods causing a shortage which the Egyptian market hasn"t addressed yet.The crisis cause by IOF on Gaza Strip has unveiled a real crisis facing Egyptian people every day: the continuously rising high costs which are met by a recklessness from government which doesn"t give a damn to key demands for tackling these crises.
 
Although the situation returned to normal and Palestinians were deported from Egyptian lands to Gaza Strip, but residents of North Sinai governorates are still suffering from unavailability the daily consumer commodities and, if found in some few stores, are sold at sky-rocketing prices which can"t be afforded by residents of the region.A resident of the coastal city of Al-Arish told Al-Masry Al-Yom that he failed in finding commodities in Egyptian markets in the governorate, and he- when he found them- refused to buy them at eight times more than the real price.
 
Hani Sherif, worker at a mall in Al-Arish said that huge amounts of commodities have disappeared, attributing this to preventing goods-laden trucks from reaching Al-Arish, negatively affecting both the market and consumers .Amin Radwan who owns a pharmacy in Al-Arish, said there is a sharp decrease in all medicines and drugs due to the Palestinians who bough huge amounts of drugs before being deported from Egyptian territories.He confirmed that the pharmacy sent for several drug orders to drug companies, but nothing has come yet due to preventing trucks laden with goods and provisions from entering North Sinai governorates.
 
Another resident of Al-Arish called on the Egyptian Chamber of Commerce and subsidies bodies to address the needs of local market through providing it with goods and commodities which are currently unavailable, like dairy products, flour and medicines. Although merchants sold huge amounts of goods and made huge gains, they are currently seeking other amounts to address the needs of the Egyptian residents.Palestinian Gaza Strip has been suffering from an IOF blockade which made Palestinians cross Rafah Border Crossing into Egyptian territories to buy medicine and food to avoid more humanitarian disasters in the strip.
 
Supplying the Palestinians with goods and drugs in the Egyptian governorate of North Sinai has actually caused a crisis for Egyptian residents in this governorate after the Palestinians left it facing a sharp decrease in commodities under the blockade of the Egyptian government to roads leading to the governorate of North Sinai not allowing food and drugs to reach the Egyptian governorate, in addition to giving a blind eye to the high prices plaguing people nationwide. 

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