Although the country has gone into 40 days of mourning for President Nasser, Egyptian troops are maintaining their watch on the Suez Canal.
Although the country has gone into 40 days of mourning for President Nasser, Egyptian troops are maintaining their watch on the Suez Canal. An atmosphere of sadness prevades the streets as the soldiers go about their duties.
The ceasefire along the Suez Canal has been in operation for two months but troops along its western bank keep up precautions in case of any sudden change in the situation.
A visit to the west bank of the canal shows most of the building in ruins. A ship lies blistering in the heat. In the trenches soldiers fight against he tedium instead of the israelis. No parts of Suez are free from war damage - the wall behind the Cross in the Church of the Good Shepherd is pock-marked with bullets and shell holes.
Apart from military personnel, few people are seen on the streets. The population of Suez has declined from 268,000 to only 10,000 in the past three years.
This week the Egyptian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Raid announced that his Government was prepared to extend the ceasefire along the anal for another three months. But in reply to Israel's allegations that Egypt has moved up rockets during the ceasefire, he said that his country would not accept discussion of this subject.