Journalists visited the Egyptian towns of Suez and Port Tewfik on the weekend and - as a result of the Canal ceasefire - saw the area free of Israeli shelling for the first time in years.
SV Street in Suez City
SV Pan people looking at damaged houses
SV Pan shell craters
CU Damaged building
GV Pan road with Suez Canal in background
SV Pan damaged building in Port Tewfik
GV Pan Port Tewfik with beached ships
GV Damaged facilities and ship at Port Tewfik (3 shots)
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Background: Journalists visited the Egyptian towns of Suez and Port Tewfik on the weekend and - as a result of the Canal ceasefire - saw the area free of Israeli shelling for the first time in years. Both towns were rubbled and heavily reduced -- Suez has seen its population decline from 268,000 to 10,000 in only three years.
The still-youthful ceasefire gave the Egyptian authorities an opportunity to show foreign journalists over the two ravaged towns. Shelling in Suez has reduced whole street corners to piles of rubble.
Power cables have been torn up and roads have been ruined. There is virtually no traffic there now, and local officials say that life in the town is almost unbearable after three years of constant shellfire.
The situation is virtually the same in Port Tewfik. Practically everything built by man in this once-thriving canal town has been destroyed. Only the troops, their fortifications and their transport save it from being a ghost town.