When Egypt goes dark, it becomes a pharmacy

CAIRO — The pharmacy in Cairo that’s been closed for the past three weeks because of a strike by a Muslim Brotherhood-led coalition has resumed operations.

The pharmacy in a residential area of the city’s commercial hub of Cairo reopened after a three-day shutdown on Tuesday.

The decision by the Ministry of Health to reopen the pharmacy in the area was announced on Tuesday, the official MENA news agency reported.

The government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is waging a war on the country’s minority Muslim Brotherhood.

The government has imposed harsh economic restrictions and curtailed the rights of minorities, which it sees as the main threat to stability in Egypt.

More than 100,000 people have been detained since the army overthrew former president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

The strike is the latest in a series of strikes that have forced hundreds of thousands of Egyptians to travel abroad for treatment.

On March 27, thousands of workers in Egypt’s biggest state-run pharmacy took strike action, forcing the government to temporarily close the entire sector and reopen it only through a network of volunteers.

On April 6, more than 100 pharmacies across Egypt shut down due to the strike.

The Ministry of the Interior had issued an emergency order in response to the protests and said the strike would affect more than 200 pharmacies in Egypt, including some belonging to the countrys largest private company, Safa Holdings.

Safa, which operates pharmacies in Cairo and other areas, said in a statement on Tuesday that it would continue to supply essential medicines and other essential goods.