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HOSPITAL SIT-IN

Doctors and staff plan protest action in Nikaia Protesting declining work conditions at Nikaia General Hospital, near Piraeus, doctors and staff announced yesterday that they would be staging a sit-in on Monday to demand back pay and protest shortages in pharmaceuticals, laboratory equipment and other supplies. Meanwhile, at the Attikon Hospital in Haidari, northwest of Athens, and at the Aghia Sofia Children’s Hospital in Goudi, just north of the city center, doctors have filed complaints about staff shortages. NEW BLOCKADE Seamen to close Piraeus port In what is fast becoming a major headache for the country’s tourism sector, the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) has announced that it will be staging another 24-hour strike on July 8, preventing travelers from boarding island-bound ferries at the port of Piraeus. Several blockades over the past few weeks have resulted in thousands being stranded at the country’s main port and on the Aegean islands. The decision to strike next Thursday, when another general strike is also scheduled, was made after tensions peaked during a session of PNO’s executive committee between federation members and representatives of the militant Communist Party-affiliated group PAME. ISAP disruptions Sections of the ISAP electric railway between Neo Faliro and Thiseio and from Ano Patissia to Nerantziotissa will be closed today and tomorrow as track maintenance is carried out. Buses will be on hand to take shuttle passengers between stations. Meanwhile, on Monday, Pireaus-bound trains will not be making stops at Perissos, Pefkakia and Kallithea stations. Case closed The police announced yesterday that they have cracked the case of a 31-year-old Syrian man who was found murdered in his home in the northern Athenian suburb of Pefki in May. The victim was allegedly killed by two Albanian men, one of whom was arrested on Wednesday, after the pair broke into the man’s home with the aim of burgling the premises and shot the 31-year-old in the head in front of his pregnant wife. It was further confirmed that the two Albanians are responsible for another violent burglary at a home in Maroussi, northern Athens, where they tied up the residents at gunpoint before making away with jewelry and a car. Water commission Officials at the Environment Ministry announced yesterday the formation of the country’s first ever interministerial National Water Commission. The body, which will be made up of ministers of the environment, infrastructure, economy, finance, internal affairs, health and agricultural development, is to convene for the first time on July 16 to discuss a preliminary blueprint outlining strategies for the protection of Greece’s water resources. Station to open Proastiakos suburban railway officials announced yesterday that a new station at Metamorphosi in northwestern Athens is scheduled to open by the end of the month, once safety and operational checks are completed.