CAIRO – Suez Canal has traditionally represented a chief source of Egypt's foreign currency revenue
CAIRO – Suez Canal has traditionally represented a chief source of Egypt’s foreign currency revenue
A prominent military commander has accused foreign countries of seeking to impose “international protection” on Egypt’s vital Suez Canal.
“There are foreign states that are targeting the international waterway with the aim of imposing international protection on it,” Osama Askar, commander of Egypt’s Third Army, said in statements carried by local media on Tuesday.
He declined, however, to name the states to which he was referring.
Askar went on to stress that the Egyptian army would not tolerate any threats to the canal.
“The objective of the Armed Forces is to protect the waterway in the three canal provinces [of Port Said, Suez and Ismailia],” he said.
He added that 4,000 soldiers had been deployed to protect the southern entrance of the waterway.
Last month, a passing ship came under RPG attack amid ongoing political turmoil in Egypt following the army’s July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.
The Suez Canal has traditionally represented a chief source of Egypt’s foreign currency revenue.