U.S., Israeli warships cross Suez Canal toward Red Sea

Posted: June 19, 2010 in Iran, Israel, Middle East
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Egypt opposition angered at government for allowing the fleet of more than 12 ships to cross Egyptian manned waterway, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reports.
By Jack Khoury http://www.haaretz.com news online 6/19/2010

(Note: The USS Truman Carrier Strike Group deployed May 2010 to join the area of operations of the US 5th Fleet and 6th Fleet, the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf Regions. These are the ships that traversed the Suez Canal.)

More than twelve United States Naval warships and at least one Israeli ship crossed the Suez Canal towards the Red Sea on Friday, British Arabic Language newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday.

According to the report, thousands of Egyptian soldiers were deployed along the Suez Canal guarding the ships’ passage, which included a U.S. aircraft carrier.

The Suez Canal is a strategic Egyptian waterway which connects between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.

According to eyewitnesses, the U.S. battleships (warships) were the largest to have crossed the Canal in many years, Al-Quds reported.

Egyptian opposition members have criticized the government for cooperating with the U.S. and Israeli forces and allowing the ships’ passage through Egyptian territorial waters.

They said they viewed the event as Egyptian participation in an international scandal, and added that the opposition would not sit with its arms crossed while the country allowed a fleet of U.S. and Israeli military ships to cross.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/report-u-s-israeli-warships-cross-suez-canal-toward-red-sea-1.297068

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This information was also reported on the following sites:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3907387,00.html
http://www.infowars.com/armada-of-u-s-and-israeli-warships-head-for-iran/

For details about the composition of the USS H.S. Truman carrier strike group, see
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=53495

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