The city of Suez is used to the realities of war. In 1967, the city?
The city of Suez is used to the realities of war. In 1967, the city was rocked by Israeli artillery fire. In 1973, Suez was in the news again, as fighting broke out in the area after the second ceasefire call by the United Nations.
Soon after the deadline of the ceasefire on the 24th of October, reports came in of renewed warfare between Egyptian and Israeli forces at the Southern and of the Suez Canal. Heavy air and land battles were reported in the Suez Fort area. The third Egyptian Army was said to be trying to break out through Israeli forces encircling it. Israel claimed the Egyptian attempt was contrary to their undertaking to the United Nations to halt the fighting.
Earlier, a military spokesman said the Israelis had reached the Fort of Adabiya, on the Gulf of Suez, and had cut off all the roads and approaches linking the city of Suez with Cairo. The spokesman confirmed that the Egyptian Third Army had been surrounded, and cut off from the rest of the forces west of the Canal. Two days after the ceasefire deadline, Egypt was complaining of Israeli violations. They said Israeli forces had penetrated Suez City, and reported heavy street fighting.
Cone again Suez seem to have burne the brunt of the Israeli attacks. In 1967, 43 people died and 70 were wounded after what were alleged to be Israeli shall pounded the city. 400 shelle were reported to have landed in the city on July the 7th. They destroyed or damaged or damaged 150 houses, and left mosques, a cinema, a hospital and churches in near ruin. At one stage, it seemed that most of the population would be evacuated, except for the essential oil refinery and other workers needed to keep the city alive. Several ships were sunk in the waters near the city, and the city was littared with debris and shrapnel for weeks after, with many of its people lying badly wounded in hospital.
It's taken a long time for Suez to recover from that day of attack, and the barrages that were to follow. In 1967, 268,000 people lived in the city. Last year, there were 10,000. Reporters visiting the city said there had been little or no attempt to repair the damage done way for several years. The once-prosperous city withered. But despite the Israelis to stage a last minute attack.
On October the twenty fourth 1973, Just south of the Suez Canal a ceasefire was called in the Middle East. But the fishing continued in this area. Claiming actions by each party, Egyptian and Israeli troops were engaged in heavy firs, as the Israelis moved towards the city of Suez.
Reports said the Egyptian third army was surrounded, and trying to break out through the Israeli forces. Surrender seemed the only answer for some Egyptian soldiers, holed up small pockets in the area.
Two days after the ceasefire deadline, Egypt claimed that Israeli forces have penetrated Suez City, and reported heavy street fighting. All roads and approaches linking the city with Cairo appeared to be cut, in a last minute fight for territory.
Suez City is used to war. In 1967, four hundred Israeli shells were reported to have hit the city in the last few days of the war. Many of them bit the city's residential area.
A hundred and fifty houses were severely damaged or destroyed. Schools, a lay in rene. At one stags, it seemed hat most of the population would need to be tad, leaving oil refinery workers and shop keepers behind to keep the city alive. Essential services were shattered.
Forty-three people died during the fighting in 1967. Another seventy people were wounded - many of them seriously, in the first few days of the barrage. Some has lost limbs - others were injured by shrapnel or burns. Both Israel and the Egyptians blamed one another for starting shelling, which kept up for days after the rest of the fighting ceased.
It's taken a long time for Suez to recover. In 1967, two-hundred and sixty-sight thousand people lived in the city. Last year, there were ten-thousand. Reporters visiting the city said there had been little or no attempt to repair the damage done in 1967.
The once-prosperous city withered. Power cables and vital systems wrecked in 1967 stayed that way for several years, and the streets were still littered with debris. But despite its decline, Suez still had enough strategic value for the Israelis to launch a last minute attack.