Egypt is reportedly withdrawing extra guns it had moved across the Suez Canal in violation of the disengagement agreement with Israel.
GV PAN Debris on Canal banks
GV Canal (2 shots)
SV Barbed wire barricades on bank
SV More barbed wire PAN ACROSS LV debris on opposite bank
GV PAN ACROSS Shell craters
LV Wrecked tank
SV Military personnel with newsmen
SV Newsmen on guided tour
LV Abandoned tank ZOOM BACK TO GV barbed wire barricades in desert
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Background: Egypt is reportedly withdrawing extra guns it had moved across the Suez Canal in violation of the disengagement agreement with Israel.
The move came after a complaint to the United Nations peace-keeping force from Israel, and only two days after the Egyptian government had opened an area along the Canal for the first time since 1967. Egypt was reported to have deployed about double its permitted total of artillery pieces between the Canal and the United Nations buffer zone.
The area near the Great Bitter Lake, one of the widest stretches of the Canal, had been occupied on the eastern bank by the Israeli Army until late February when they withdrew. It's near here, too, that many of the fourteen ships stranded since the outbreak of hostilities seven years ago have been moored. Barbed wire barricades are still in place on both sides of the waterway, and wrecked tanks and other heavy military equipment from both sides are strewn along the banks.
Operations to clear the Suez Canal have already begun but it is not until later when engineers from the Soviet Union, the United States, Britain and Japan will join forces that the major task will begin. Then the Canal stretching from Port Said to Suez will have to be swept for mines, wreckage cleared and damaged sections dredged and repaired. Later the Canal will be widened and deepened for use by supertankers. The total cost of the clearing operation and improvements is estimated at 1,000 million pounds (2,200 million dollars).