A committee affiliated with the Ministry of Health recommended during a meeting on Thursday the closure of 13 private treatment institutions, as well as withdrawing the licenses of five others until they complete the legal requirements.

The Health Ministry said the step is part of the committee's responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the performance of the private sector. 

On November 18, the Director of the Inspection and Follow-up Department at the Ministry of Health, Osama Sarkaz, announced the closure of more than 50 private health facilities in Tripoli, and the withdrawal of licenses from some of them, due to the existence of some violations and abuses.