Egyptian authorities stepped up security yesterday along the Suez Canal having received information of further possible terrorist attacks. The attack is expected from a group of jihadists after a call from the Egyptian leader of alQaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, for Islamists to launch attacks against the army in Egypt. Hours before the holidays of Eid al-Adha, the Egyptian army and security forces deployed along the canal, accompanied with helicopters and military aircraft flying above. Inspection procedures on the roads near to the canal have also been increased.
Barbed wire fences and more checkpoints have been installed and roofs overlooking the canal in Suez, Ismalia, Port Said and Port Tawfiq have been secured. Sources said the strict control measures will continue throughout the holiday of Eid al-Adha. Six weeks ago the giant Cosco Asia containership was struck by RPGs by a jihadist group as it transited the Suez Canal.
Source : Gulfshipnews
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