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Sunday, January 27, 2013
Suez Canal official: Navigation unaffected by violence

Suez Canal official: Navigation unaffected by violence
Egypt Independent Sun, 27/01/2013 - 19:27
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/suez-canal-official-navigation-unaffected-violence

Ongoing clashes between security forces and demonstrators in cities close to
the Suez Canal since Friday have not affected navigation through the canal
and city ports, a canal official said.

Suez Canal Authority President Diaa Mamish boarded a French container ship
to reassure its crew and that of other ships of the canal’s security.

“We have normal traffic,” Mamish said in a statement Sunday. “We have 44
ships crossing from both directions, with a total cargo of 2.8 million
tons.”

“The Armed Forces are securing the canal well,” he said.

Military troops had been deployed in Suez and Port Said to secure the
deteriorating situation in the two cities. The military also sent
reinforcements to the canal authority’s headquarters in Ismailia. All three
cities run along the canal, a vital international trade route and major
source of revenue for the country.

Clashes in Suez and Ismailia started after the 25 January revolution
anniversary in protest of the Muslim Brotherhood. In Port Said, violence
broke out Saturday after a court convicted 21 defendants of involvement in
last year’s Port Said football violence, and recommended the death penalty.

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