BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – All sea ports in the Syrian governorates of Tartous and Latakia suspended sea traffic on Wednesday, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.
SANA quoted the Syrian Ministry of Transport as saying that all ports in the governorates of Tartous and Latakia were closed to maritime navigation due to the prevailing weather conditions from today at 1 PM until further notice.
For his part, Engineer Hani Shriqi, in charge of managing the affairs of the General Directorate of Ports, stated that the ports of Tartous and Latakia, in addition to the fishing and picnic ports, have been closed due to the wind speed, which is currently about 80 kilometers per hour.
Shriqi pointed out that ships and boats have been asked to take precautions, caution, and safety measures followed in such cases, to avoid any accidents.
According to the Syrian Meteorological Directorate, the country is affected by the extension of an air depression that extends in all layers of the atmosphere, and the winds are southwesterly moderate, with severe gusts exceeding 80 kilometers per hour, and the sea is medium to high waves.
In a related context, the Libyan dust storm continued to hit the Egyptian governorates, reaching Cairo, Giza and Qalyubia this morning.
The three governorates witnessed a dust storm coming from Libya, amid the accumulation of dust with the speed of moderate to strong winds, according to the newspaper, Al-Masry Al-Youm.