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Egypt shuts more ports due to bad weather

While additional ports closed, the ports of Suez, Al-Zeitiyat and Nuweiba on the Red Sea reopened, a day after they were closed due to bad weather conditions

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 Mar 2019
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Egypt's Alexandria Port on the Mediterranean (Photo: Alexandria Port Authority)
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Egyptian authorities have closed four ports on the Red Sea and Mediterranean due to bad weather, officials said Thursday.

The Red Sea ports of Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh were shut Thursday, the Red Sea Ports Authority said.

The authority has meanwhile reopened the ports of Suez, Al-Zeitiyat and Nuweiba on the Red Sea, a day after they were closed due to bad weather conditions.

The two major ports of Alexandria and Dekheila on the Mediterranean Sea were shut in Alexandria governorate for the second day on a row Thursday due to strong winds and high waves, Alexandria Port Authority said.

The movement of goods through the two ports as well as the loading and unloading of docked vessels was continuing normally despite the closures, said port authority spokesman Reda Al-Ghandour in comments carried by state news agency MENA.

The Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) had said active winds stirring sand and dust in some parts of the country would leading to the disruption of maritime navigation on the Red and Mediterranean seas Wednesday and Thursday.

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