The Minister of Economy and Industry of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Ali Al-Essawi, on Sunday, issued a decree forbidding the export of sterile and non-sterile face masks, and also that of respiratory ventilation aids along with sterilizing products of any type or size.

He added that this decision was taken after a number of profiteers had been buying these items in copious amounts with the intention of re-exporting them to neighboring countries, therefore raising the prices domestically.