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Remains of 1973 war soldier found at new Suez Canal project

This is the second time workers at the digging site have found the remains of a dead soldier

Ahram Online, Thursday 23 Oct 2014
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The remains of an Egyptian soldier who died in the 1973 war with Israel has been found during digging at the site of a new waterway project parallel to Egypt's Suez Canal.

Mohamed Naguib El-Sayed was found at the 93 kilometre mark in the Sarabyoum area with his military identification card, Major General Kamel El-Wazir, chief of staff of the army's engineering authority, said in a press conference Thursday.

The remains of another Egyptian soldier killed in the war were also found at the project site in August.

The 1973 Arab-Israeli War, which returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt and was followed by a peace treaty with Israel, is known in Egypt as the October War, in commemoration of the Egyptian forces' success in crossing the Israeli Ber Lev line on the Suez Canal on 6 October.

Egypt is currently building a new artificial waterway along the Suez Canal, set to be 72 kilometres long and raise the canal's revenues by 259 percent.

The digging process is being executed by 33 specialised Egyptian civilian companies, along with two army battalions.
 

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