12 Egyptian sailors stuck in Ukraine port: Fishermen Syndicate

Ahram Online , Saturday 5 Mar 2022

At least 12 Egyptian sailors are currently stuck in a Ukrainian port as the Russian invasion enters its tenth day, according to the Head of Egypt’s Fishermen Syndicate Ahmed Nassar.

New Challenge
File Photo: New Challenge ship. Photo courtesy of Vessel finder website.

Nassar spoke to Ahram Portal on Saturday, saying there are eight Egyptian sailors on the board the New Challenge bulk carrier, which is currently moored in Mykolaiv on the Black Sea, according to the latest information by Vessel Finder.

According to Nassar, the Egyptian sailors are mostly from Kafr El-Sheikh.

He also added there are other four sailors onboard another vessel moored in the same port. The four sailors are from Rashid in Beheira governorate.

The head of the syndicate added that all the Egyptian sailors expressed hope they would return home like the Egyptian students that had been studying in Ukrainian universities who began to return safely last week.

Egypt has been pushing forward with efforts to bring home nationals from Ukraine. Prior to the Russian invasion, around 6,000 Egyptians lived in Ukraine, including 3,000 students studying at the country's universities, especially in medicine.

Egypt has urged expats in the western cities of Ukraine to move to neighbouring Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.

Over the past several days, scores of Egyptian expats have already entered the four European neighbouring nations and the Egyptian authorities are now coordinating their return.

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