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Sandstorm Blankets Northern Egypt, Suez

February 02, 1988|Associated Press

CAIRO — A dense sandstorm raged over northern Egypt on Monday, bringing shipping to a halt in the Suez Canal, forcing diversion of air traffic and cloaking Cairo in an eerie yellow haze.

The storm also closed the harbor at the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and 140 miles of desert highway linking it to Cairo, the official Cairo Radio reported.

Tourists viewing the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx snapped up souvenir Arab headgear as protection from the wind-whipped sand.

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