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* Egypt, Suez Canal – Canal security strengthened after failed attack

DATE: September 01, 2013
COUNTRY: Egypt
PORT: Suez Canal
Canal security strengthened after failed attack

Egypt’s armed forces are strengthening security measures in the Suez Canal,
following an unsuccessful terrorist attack on a container ship transiting
the waterway yesterday (31 August).

The Head of the Suez Canal Authority, Admiral Mohab Memish, said the attack
apparently aimed to disrupt the flow of ships through the Canal, which – as
one of the world’s key shipping routes – is secured by the country’s armed
forces.

According to the report, a ‘terrorist element’ targeted a Panama-flagged
vessel passing through the waterway. The attempted attack failed completely
and there was no damage to the ship or the containers it carried. Admiral
Mohab Memish added that the situation was dealt with strictly and vessel
traffic is moving normally.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Authorities have amended and reduced the hours of
the curfew in force with effect from last night (31 August). The curfew is
now in force from 2300 to 0600 hours daily, instead of the previous 1900 to
0600 hours.

Traffic through the Suez Canal is unaffected by the curfew as the Canal
Zone is secured by the military, including land, sea and air patrols.

For information about operations in the Suez Canal contact GAC Egypt at
suezcanal@gac.com. For information about operations in Egypt contact
egypt@gac.com

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