Egypt closes 4 ports in Suez due to sandstorm

2015-09-09 15:04
A general view of the Egyptian capital Cairo during a thick cloud of dust as a sandstorm engulfs parts of the Middle East. (AFP)

A general view of the Egyptian capital Cairo during a thick cloud of dust as a sandstorm engulfs parts of the Middle East. (AFP)

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Cario - Egypt's state news agency says authorities have closed four ports in the Suez governorate because of poor visibility due to a sandstorm gripping the Middle East.

Egypt's state news agency MENA quotes the General Authority for Red Sea Ports as saying visibility in the area was reduced to less than 1 500m on Wednesday morning.

MENA reports that the ports specialize in transporting containers, goods, oils, petroleum products and passengers.

The unseasonal sandstorm has swept across the Mideast, blanketing Beirut, Cairo and Damascus and causing the deaths of at least five people and sending hundreds of others to hospitals with breathing problems.

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