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PHOTO GALLERY: Suez Canal - A century and a half of Egyptian history


New Suez Canal opening ceremony
A cargo container ship crosses the new section of the Suez Canal after the opening ceremony in Ismailia, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 (AP)
Khedive Ismail with Ferdinand de Lesseps
Emir Abdelkader of Algeria(C) between Khedive Ismail Pasha of Egypt (L) and Ferdinand de Lesseps of France; de Lesseps constructed the Suez Canal with Egypt's permission and was a close friend of Abdelkader who played a major role in the canal's construction (R) (Photo courtesy of Skyrock website)
Digging
File photo of the commencement of digging for the Suez Canal; construction began in 1859 and continued until 1869 (Photo courtesy of Suez Canal Authority website)
Digging
File photo of the commencement of digging for the Suez Canal; construction began in 1859 and continued until 1869 (Photo courtesy of Suez Canal authority website)
Before Tripartite Aggression
File photo of a ship passing through the Suez Canal at Port Said, Egypt in 1956; Port Said was established as a city in 1859 as a result of the creation of the canal (Photo courtesy of Suez Canal Authority website)
Suez Canal Headquarters
Suez Canal Headquarters in Port Said, a port city established in 1859 with the canal's construction (Photo courtesy of Suez Canal Authority website)
Nationalisation Speech
On 26 July 1956, President Gamal Abdel Nasser delivered a speech in Alexandria's Mansheya neighbourhood where he announced the nationalisation of the canal; Nasser's announcement sparked the famed Suez Crisis of 1956 (Photo courtesy of Library of Alexandria official website)
Nationalising the Suez Canal
Egyptian government officials entering Suez Canal headquarters on 26 July 1956; the decision to nationalise the canal yielded the tripartite aggression of Britain, France and Israel (Photo Courtesy of Suez Canal authority website)
The Suez Crisis of 1956
Smoke rises from oil tanks beside the Suez Canal hit during the initial Anglo-French assault on Port Said on 5 November 1956; the assault was part of the tripartite aggression (also known as the Suez Crisis of 1956) launched by Britain, France, and Israel in response to then President Abdel-Nasser's decision to nationalise the canal (Photo: Courtesy of Imperial War Museums website)
6 October war
Egyptian forces cross the Suez Canal on 7 October 1973; the war, also known as the Yom Kippur War, began with a surprise attack launched by Anwar Sadat in Israeli occupied territories on the holy Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur (Photo: Al-Ahram)
6 October war
Former president Anwar Sadat strategises the next moves of the Egyptian army during the Yom Kippur war as he points to a location in the Suez Canal on 7 October 1973 (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Reopening ceremony 1975
Photo of former President Anwar Sadat on board a ship as it arrives in Port Said on 5 June 1975 following ceremonies at Port Said that commemorated the reopening of the canal after the 6 October War (Photo courtesy of Library of Alexandria official website)
Reopening ceremony 1975
Crowds cheer as an Egyptian naval ship passes through the Suez Canal on 5 June 1975 amid a ceremony at Port Said commemorating the reopening of the canal after the 6 October war (Photo Courtesy of Library of Alexandria official website)
Canal traffic
A fisherman travels on a boat near container ships in the Suez Canal near the port city of Ismailia this past 2 May 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
New waterway document signing
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (C) signs a document at an event marking the announcement of plans for a major upgrade of the Suez Canal, in Cairo on 5 August 2014 (Photo: Handout of Egyptian Presidency)
New waterway inauguration
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi (C), military personnel and children place their hands on a detonator at an event marking the announcement of plans for a major upgrade of the Suez Canal, in Cairo August 5, 2014 (Photo: Handout provided by the Egyptian Presidency)
New water pathway digging commences
Bulldozers and trucks are seen in a demonstration of the equipment which will be used as part of plans for the creation of a new waterway at the Suez Canal, in Cairo August 5, 2014 (Photo: Handout provided by the Egyptian Presidency)
Opening ceremony 1869
Portrait of the opening ceremony of the Suez Canal at Port Said, November 1869 (Photo: Courtesy of Suez Canal museum website)
First trial run of the new waterway of the Suez Canal
A container ship crosses the new waterway of the Suez Canal as Egypt begins first trial run of the channel. Saturday July 25, 2015 (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Suez Canal, set to be expanded by new government plans, proved to be central to Egypt's modern history, politics, economy and wars; Ahram Online republishes a look in pictures at 150 years of the canal - first compiled in 2014

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