CAIRO: Security forces fired tear gas on Tuesday at workers of the Ain Sokhna port in Suez after they attempted to enter the port gates, carrying food for Platinum Maritime Services workers who have been striking inside the port since April 27, Youm7 reported.
The workers told Youm7 that security officers allowed representatives of the workers to enter the port carrying food for the protesting workers inside the port, but the internal security of the port refused to allow them through.
They added that following several attempts to take the food to the workers, tear gas and warning shots were fired toward them and the security forces chased them until Valley Village, near the port.
A security source said in a statement that the workers tried to storm the door of the port by force despite the decision of the DP World Dubai ports company to stop work at the port until the end of the crisis, which prompted the forces to launch tear gas to protect workers and the port, Youm7 reported.
According to MENA, hundreds of workers of Platinum Maritime Services at the Ain Sokhna port continued on Tuesday their sit-in for the third day in a row, calling for tenure at the Red Sea Ports Authority. They are also refusing to sign contracts with any new service company to operate in the harbor.
Workers said Tuesday in a statement that they completely suspended work in the port and turned their sit-in into a general strike.