SUEZ CANAL, EGYPT
The United States has sent helicopters to the Red Sea to help clear the area of mines which have damaged at least 16 ships in the past five weeks.
SUEZ CANAL, EGYPT
1. SV Helicopter landing. 0.03
2. GV/SV French ships and French sailor. (2 SHOTS) 0.06
FAHMY - SUEZ CANAL
3. GVs Ships of different nations. (3 SHOTS) 0.19
NBC - CAIRO
4. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak getting out of car. 0.25
5. SCU US Senator Arlen Spector speaking. (SOT) 0.37
6. SV Sailor on British ship. 0.43
7. SCU British captain speaking. (SOT) 0.48
8. AVs Ships on canal. (2 SHOTS) 1.04
TRANSCRIPT: SPECTOR: (SEQ 5)"The mining of the Red Sea is a part of very serious international terrorism, and we have a pretty good idea who the terrorists are."
BRITISH CAPTAIN: (SEQ 7)"We have no idea. One of the reasons of course, that we are going there is to try and find something. We have no idea of what we're looking for."
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Background: SUEZ CANAL, EGYPT
The United States has sent helicopters to the Red Sea to help clear the area of mines which have damaged at least 16 ships in the past five weeks. Four Sea Stallion helicopters were on their way on August 14, and three more were being airlifted to Saudi Arabia, to sweep the approaches to its Red Sea ports. On the dame day, a convoy of French and British naval minesweepers and support ships entered the Suez Canal. President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt said on August 13, he thought Libya was responsible for laying the mines, but denied that any had yet been found in the canal. US Senator Arlen Spector, currently in Cairo, said the mining of the Red Sea area was an act of terrorism, and the US had its own suspicious about who the culprits were. An underground organisation Islamic Jihad (Holy War has claimed responsibility, and denied reports that either Libya or Iran were involved. A British naval captain on board one of the minesweepers now patrolling the area, said he had no idea exactly what the search for mines would reveal.
Source: NBC AND REUTERS - MOHAMAD FAHMY