Egypt's Prosecutor General Nabil Sadek (Photo:Ahram Arabic Website)
Egypt's top prosecutor ordered on Thursday the immediate re-opening of Matariya Hospital so medical care can resume after its doctors launched a strike over an reported assault by a group of policemen last week.
Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadek launched an investigation into the closure of the hospital to take legal action against those responsible for the suspension of this public service.
According to a statement issued by the prosecutor-general's office, the closure of the hospital and the suspension of medical service for citizens are considered a "crime" that is punishable by law and is against the Egyptian constitution.
The doctors started the strike last week after two of their colleagues were reportedly assaulted by a group of low-ranking policemen.
The doctors stated that they would strike until legal action was taken against the policemen involved in the incident
Egypt's Doctors Syndicate fully supported the doctors' actions.