Major General Ahmed Naguib Sharaf, head of the Port Said harbors authority, said that 479 Syrian refugees arrived in Egypt Tuesday on board the Turkish Shop Nissos Rodos.
In a press release, Sharaf said that he ordered all necessary procedures on the ship and also ensured that care was provided for the refugees. All of the contents of the ship, which included 104 trucks and 26 cars, were discharged before the ship's return to the por tof Iskenderun in Turkey.
The Egyptian-Turkish navigational route was opened in April to transfer Turkish merchandise to Gulf countries via Egyptian harbors.
Sharaf had said earlier that the Port Said harbor had received 1356 Syrians and 140 other foreigners since the route was inaugurated on 28 April until November.