Egypt: “Terrorists” launch unsuccessful attack on Panamanian ship in the Suez Canal

Posted on September 1, 2013 • Filed under: Civil Unrest, Egypt, Expatriates Attacked, Terrorism

According to an Al Jazeera report, Suez Canal authorities have said that a “terrorist” staged an unsuccessful attack on a container ship passing through the canal. The attack was said to be an attempt to disrupt the flow of ships through the waterway. The Suez Canal is a key global shipping lane, and secured by the Egyptian armed forces. The canal provided passage to a U.S. warship Thursday, on its way to the Mediterranean to join other vessels in that could be used in a strike against Syria after an alleged chemical weapons attack. “One of the terrorist elements has carried out a failed attempt to affect the movement of ships in the Suez Canal by targeting one of the passing ships, Cosco Asia,” the head of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Memish said in a statement Saturday, referring to the Panama-flagged ship. Read article

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