Attempted attack on a vessel in Suez Canal

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Two explosions were heard at a Panama-flagged vessel when passing the waterway. It is believed that this was a "terrorist" attack with the intention to disrupt the flow of vessels through the waterway according to the head of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Memish.

The Suez Canal is extremely important for the world shipping and is guarded by armed forces.

Memish informed in a statement:
"One of the terrorist elements has carried out a failed attempt to affect the movement of ships in the Suez Canal by targeting one of the passing ships, Cosco Asia,"

"The attempt failed completely and there was no damage to the ship or the containers it carried. The situation was dealt with strictly by the armed forces,".

There is no disruptions in the shipping traffic.
Egypt has problems with militant attacks in the lawless North Sinai region after the army, prompted by mass protests, overthrew the country's first elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on July 3. The armed forces are alerted to strengthen their security measures along the Suez Canal waterway.

The victims of the revolt in the country are more than 1000, including 100 security officers.
It is not known if the attack was related to the ousting of Morsi.

The San Antonio U.S. warship will join the other ships in the Mediterranean and could participate in attack in Syria after a suspected chemical weapons attack in the country. U.S. navy ships are ready to receive orders and to start an attack over Syria. Obama seeks congressional approval to strike Damascus, which might not come for another week, if at all.

The destroyers USS Stout, USS Gravely, USS Mahan, USS Barry and USS Ramage are all deployed to the region, each carrying dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles. Also available is the amphibious transport USS San Antonio, which is carrying about 700 troops from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, along with some of their aircraft and amphibious equipment.