Egypt officials deny blast near Suez Canal, shipping as normal

Ahram Online, Tuesday 30 Jul 2013

Egypt's Suez Canal is operating normally following reports of two explosions currently being investigated by security officials

Suez Canal
File photo: A Container ship crosses the Suez Canal at Port Said, northeast of Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Shipping at Egypt’s Suez Canal is operating normally following reports of two explosions, which took place on Tuesday nearby, an official in Suez Canal Authority said.

The head of the Egyptian vital waterway Mohab Mamish said that the canal is highly secured and did not witness any blast around it, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

Witnesses said they heard an explosion around dawn near a residential area about one kilometre from the canal, Reuters reported.

Three security officials speaking on condition of anonymity said they had received reports of a blast and were investigating its cause.

Suez Canal revenues hit $438.1 million in May after number of 1,431 vessels crossed the waterway carrying a combined cargo of 79.7 million tonnes.

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