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Port Said(sīd, sād, säēd`) or
Bur Said(bo͝or), city (1986 pop. 469,533), NE Egypt, a port on the Mediterranean Sea at the entrance to the Suez Canal. It is a fueling point for ships using the canal and is the site of the main workshops of the canal administration. Salt is produced in Port Said by evaporating seawater, and there is a fishing industry. The construction of Aswan High Dam in the 1960s cut off the flow of nutrients into the Mediterranean Sea from the delta. This resulted in a lack of food for the sardines that were the basis of the Port Said fishing industry, which has since virtually disappeared. The city is a principal port for steamer service on the Nile. Situated on a narrow peninsula between Lake Manzala and the sea, Port Said was founded in 1859 by the builders of the Suez Canal and named for Said Pasha, then khedive of Egypt. In 1904 a railroad to Cairo was completed. In 1956, French and British paratroops landed at Port Said during the Suez campaign. Port Said came under Israeli attack during the 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israeli Wars. Its harbor was closed to shipping from 1967 to 1975. The city was refurbished in the mid-1970s. New housing was built and a tax-free industrial zone was instituted. There are now electric generation plants and computer and technical manufacturing. The railroad was expanded to link Port Said with other important cities.
a city in northeastern Egypt on the Mediterranean, at the northern entrance of the Suez Canal. Capital of the governorate of Port Said. Population, 313,000 (1970).
Port Said is linked by railroad and highway to the populated areas of the Suez Canal zone and the delta and valley of the Nile. It is a commercial, transportation and bunkerage center of international importance. In terms of its annual foreign trade turnover of more than 2 million tons, it held third place in Egypt until 1967, surpassed only by Alexandria and Suez. There are enterprises of the food-and-condiments, textile, and ship-building industries, as well as large-capacity refrigeration installations and warehouses.
Founded in 1859, the city was named after Said Pasha. In August 1882 it was occupied by British troops. It was one of the centers of the anti-British anti-imperialist movement, and rebellions and demonstrations broke out there in 1921, 1930, 1951, 1952, and 1953–54. During the Anglo-Franco-Israeli aggression against Egypt, there was bitter fighting in Port Said against British and French marines on Nov. 5–6, 1956. This heroic defense of Port Said cut short the imperialists’ plans to occupy the country as quickly as possible. The city was liberated on Dec. 22, 1956. After the Israeli aggression against the Arab nations that began in 1967, Port Said was a frontier city until late 1973. [20–1145–1; UPDATED]