The once thriving Egyptian City of Suez at the Southern end of the Suez Canal is now almost deserted in the wake of Israeli bombing.
The once thriving Egyptian City of Suez at the Southern end of the Suez Canal is now almost deserted in the wake of Israeli bombing. Before the June war in 1967 the town had a population of 260,000 people but this had dwindled to 15,000 and air and artillery attacks across the Suez Canal cease fire line have damaged many buildings and repeatedly struck the State owned oil refinery.
With the closing of the Canal after the 1967 war the town lost much of its trade and the refinery has been repeatedly bombed and shelled. Those who remain in Suez City are mainly peasants, petroleum workers, and "freedom fighters." Schools are closed and the majority of the inhabitants evacuated.
Egyptian officials say that 3000 houses have been destroyed and more than 700 civilians killed and 1000 injured in the Suez area.