"Egypt’s Suez Canal has been running normally despite the nationwide protest against President Hosni Mubarak reaching an unprecedented scale, an official told Reuters on Sunday, Jan. 30.
The unrest in the Egyptian cities of Suez, Cairo, and Alexandria ignited concerns that the canal would be closed, which would dramatically increase the demand for oil and tankers. The Suez is a vital source of revenue for the North African country’s economy.
'Traffic has been running normally, with 45 to 50 ships passing through the canal per day,' Ahmed al-Manakhi, a member of the Suez Canal Authority's board of directors, told Reuters.
'The Suez has not come under any attacks, and the canal is able to manage navigation,' he added.
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