Egypt's southern trains suspended shortly after operation

The train service in southern Egypt was resumed earlier Saturday for the first time since the violent dispersal of two support camps for ousted president Mohamed Morsi in mid-August

Egypt's southern trains suspended shortly after operation

World Bulletin / News Desk

The railway services in southern Egypt were suspended on Saturday, hours after the train movement was resumed following a 100-day hiatus.

Sources inside the state-run National Railway Authority said that ticket sale was also suspended.

The sources cited "security concerns" for the suspension of the train movement, giving no further details.

It is not yet clear when the service will be resumed.

The railway authority is expected to issue a statement to clarify the situation later on Saturday, the sources said.

The sudden suspension of the train services has caused uproar and anger among passengers, who engaged in verbal clashes with railway workers.

The train service in southern Egypt was resumed earlier Saturday for the first time since the violent dispersal of two support camps for ousted president Mohamed Morsi in mid-August.

Chairman of the railway authority Hussein Zakaria Fadali said earlier that his authority would operate 14 air-conditioned trains, including seven from Cairo to Aswan in the southernmost part of Egypt on Saturday and additional seven from Cairo to Aswan on Sunday.

He said that the army and the Interior Ministry have agreed to partially resume the service until the security situation improves.

Last Mod: 23 Kasım 2013, 14:05
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