Egypt installs CCTVs along Suez Canal

Published 31 March 2008

A small motor boat approached an American cargo ship, chartered by the U.S. Navy, sailing through the Suez Canal; after the small boat refused to turn away and kept approaching, warning shots were fired, killing one Egyptian; the canal authorities now install CCTVs along the waterway

There are CCTVs in cities’ downtown areas, on street corners — and, in the United Kingdom, along highways. Now CCTVs are being installed along the storied Suez Canal after a warning shot fired from a cargo ship chartered by the U.S. Navy killed an Egyptian trader on a motorboat, Egyptian officials said on Friday. President George Bush today expressed his regret to Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak over the shooting. Two other traders were wounded in the shooting, according to Egyptian security officials and witnesses. The United States initially denied reports of fatalities.

A Suez Canal Authority official said monitors will watch the traffic in the waterway through large screens at the headquarters of the authority in the coastal city of Ismailia. “Installing these cameras will help achieve a better vision of all the movements of ships, vessels and small boats in the waterway,” the official, who asked not to be named, said. The cargo ship Global Patriot, on a short-term charter to the military, fired warning shots near the Egyptian motorboat after it ignored verbal orders and a signal flare telling it to stay away, the U.S. Navy said. The ship was waiting to pass through the Suez Canal when the incident occurred, the Navy said.