Beni Suef bĕ´– swāf [key] or Bani Suwayf bä´nē [key], city (1986 pop. 152,476), capital of Beni Suef governorate, N central Egypt, on the Nile River. Situated in an intensely cultivated farming region, Beni Suef has cotton mills and sugar refineries. Alabaster is quarried near the city.
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