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  • Phelps Hobart
    One Egyptian vendor killed and two wounded: hundreds of stories on the internet so far. On Wednesday, Vice Adm. Kevin J. Cosgriff, the commander of the Fifth
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      One Egyptian vendor killed and two wounded: hundreds of stories on the internet so far.

      On Wednesday, Vice Adm. Kevin J. Cosgriff, the commander of the Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, acknowledged the killing, calling it accidental. In a statement, he said a security team on board the ship had fired two sets of warning shots as three small boats approached. After the first set, two boats turned away, but the vendor’s boat did not.


       

       
      Tuesday, March 25, 2008
       
      US vessel 'shoots at Suez boat'
       
      Source: BBC News
       

      The Global Patriot, carrying used US military equipment, was in the Gulf of Suez when it was approached by a motorboat selling local merchandise.

      Its crew apparently fired after the boat failed to heed warnings to stop when asked, the US navy said.

      It added that it was in contact with Egypt through the US embassy in Cairo.

      As many as 100 other local vessels are said to have gathered at the scene, carrying hawkers demanding an inquiry.

      Some 7.5% of world sea trade passes through the Suez Canal, which is 190km long (118 miles) and 120m wide (395ft) at its narrowest point.

      Military charter

      It was after sunset on Monday when a motorboat carrying three local Egyptian traders approached the Global Patriot in the Gulf of Suez as it prepared to sail towards the Mediterranean, according to Egyptian officials.

      The Global Patriot's crew are reported to have ordered the motorboat to stop and when it did not, they opened fire, killing Mohammed Fouad and wounding two others, the officials added.

      A US naval spokeswoman, Cdr Lydia Robertson, said that the Global Patriot had warned the small boats to turn away "via bridge-to-bridge radio and a series of warning steps".

      "One small boat continued to approach the motor vessel, which then reportedly fired warning shots."

      Confirming that the incident was under investigation, she added:

      "Fleet authorities are working cooperatively with Egyptian authorities through the US Embassy in Cairo."

      Cigarettes

      A spokesman for Global Container Lines told the Associated Press that he had no information about the incident.

      According to the US Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC), the Global Patriot is a US-flagged roll-on, roll-off container ship chartered from Global Container Lines.

      In the past, it has been used by the MSC to transport a US military Patriot Missile defence battery, ammunition, and MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles around the world.

      On this occasion, the Global Patriot is said to have been transporting used US military equipment from Dubai.

      The BBC's Heba Saleh in Cairo says fisherman and small boats carrying hawkers ply the waters of the canal trying to sell cigarettes and other local products to ship passing through.

      It is not clear why those on board the Global Patriot opened fire.

      Al-Qaeda militants have in the past used small motorboats to attack US military and other foreign vessels in waters off the coast of Yemen, our correspondent adds.

       

       
       
      Egypt instals surveillance cameras after Suez killing
      An Egyptian fisherman looks at the US military ship, Global Patriot, as it cruises down the Suez Canal towards the Egyptian port city of Ismailiya, 120 kms north of Cairo, on March 25, 2008. Egypt has begun installing surveillance cameras to monitor traffic through the strategic Suez Canal after the killing of an Egyptian by a US Navy-chartered ship last week, an official told AFP on Friday. (AFP)
       
      ISMAILIYA, Egypt (AFP) Egypt has begun installing surveillance cameras to monitor traffic through the strategic Suez Canal after the killing of an Egyptian by a US Navy-chartered ship last week, an official told AFP on Friday.

      The cameras, in addition to a radar system already deployed in the region, "will provide for closer surveillance of the canal and a better view" of maritime traffic, the official said on condition of anonymity.

      Mohammed Moqtar Afifi was killed on Monday when the "Global Patriot" transport vessel chartered by the US Navy fired warning shots at a small boat trying to sell merchandise, as it waited to transit the Suez Canal.

      US President George W. Bush called his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak on Thursday to express regret over the incident, in which two other Egyptians were wounded.

      The Suez Canal, which opened in 1869, is Egypt's third-largest source of revenue after tourism and remittances from expatriate workers, and currently about 7.5 percent of global trade passes through the waterway.

      The canal is also a key supply line for the US military in the Gulf, in particular Kuwait, and in Iraq.

       

       
       
      President Bush Gives Apology for Suez Shooting
       
      By THE NEW YORK TIMES
      Published: March 28, 2008

      CAIRO — President Bush apologized to the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, on Thursday for the killing of an Egyptian vendor when a cargo ship chartered by the United States opened fire on his small boat near the Suez Canal on Monday in an episode that has enraged Egyptians.

      “President Bush expressed his deep regret and sympathies for the incident in the Suez Canal,” a White House spokesman, Gordon D. Johndroe, said Thursday morning aboard Air Force One.

      The vendor, 28-year-old Muhammad Fouad Afifi, was a licensed trader selling cigarettes and antiques to ships in the Suez Canal. He was shot on Monday evening as he approached a cargo ship, the Global Patriot.

      On Wednesday, Vice Adm. Kevin J. Cosgriff, the commander of the Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, acknowledged the killing, calling it accidental. In a statement, he said a security team on board the ship had fired two sets of warning shots as three small boats approached. After the first set, two boats turned away, but the vendor’s boat did not.

       

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      • 1.
        Middle East Times - Mar 28 3:39 PM
        An Egyptian fisherman looks at the US military ship, Global Patriot, as it cruises down the Suez Canal towards the Egyptian port city of Ismailiya, 120 kms north of Cairo, on March 25, 2008. Egypt has begun installing surveillance cameras to monitor traffic through the strategic Suez Canal after the killing of an Egyptian by a US Navy-chartered ship last week, an official told AFP on Friday.
      • 2.
        Egypt instals surveillance cameras after Suez killing
        AFP via Yahoo! News - Mar 28 11:37 AM
        Egypt has begun installing surveillance cameras to monitor traffic through the strategic Suez Canal after the killing of an Egyptian by a US Navy-chartered ship last week, an official told AFP on Friday.
      • 3.
         
        Reuters via Yahoo! News - Mar 28 7:01 AM
        Egypt has started to install security cameras along the Suez Canal after a warning shot fired from a cargo ship chartered by the U.S. Navy killed an Egyptian trader on a motorboat, officials said on Friday.
      • 4.
        New York Times - Mar 27 1:53 PM
        The killing of an Egyptian vendor, when U.S. forces opened fire on his small boat near the Suez Canal on Monday, has enraged Egyptians.
      • 5.
        Middle East Times - Mar 27 11:32 AM
        An Egyptian fisherman looks at the US military ship Global Patriot as it cruises down the Suez Canal on March 25. US President George W. Bush has called his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak to express regret over the killing of an Egyptian by a US-navy chartered vessel, a White House official said.
      • 6.
        Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Mar 28 7:59 AM
        Egypt has started to install security cameras along the Suez Canal after a warning shot fired from a cargo ship chartered by the US Navy killed an Egyptian trader on a motorboat, officials said.
      • 7.
        International Herald Tribune - Mar 27 12:21 PM
        Bush apologized to the Egyptian president on Thursday for the killing of an Egyptian vendor when a cargo ship chartered by the United States opened fire on his boat near the Suez Canal on Monday in an incident that has enraged Egyptians.
      • 8.
        Deepika - Mar 28 12:37 PM
        ISMAILIA, Egypt, Mar 28 (Reuters) Egypt has started to install security cameras along the Suez Canal after a warning shot fired from a cargo ship chartered by the US Navy killed an Egyptian trader on a motorboat, officials said today.
      • 9.
         
        AFP via Yahoo! News - Mar 27 6:03 AM
        US President George W. Bush telephoned Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday to express "deep regret" over the killing of an Egyptian by a US-navy chartered vessel near the Suez Canal.
      • 10.
        UPI - Mar 27 3:06 PM
        U.S. President George Bush called Egypt's president to express sympathy for a civilian's death in the Suez Canal shooting incident, the White House said.
        • 11.
          MSNBC - Mar 27 4:55 PM
          Egypt's foreign minister said his country is upset by the accidental killing of an Egyptian citizen by a U.S. Navy-contracted ship in the Suez Canal, and called the incident "unacceptable," the state-run-news agency reported.
        • 12.
          Los Angeles Times - Mar 25 12:27 AM
          One man is reportedly killed in the incident near the Suez Canal, which the Navy describes as involving 'warning shots.' A U.S.-flagged cargo ship contracted by the Pentagon to ferry military equipment fired on a motorboat while preparing to enter the Suez Canal on Monday night, U.S. Navy officials said. Egyptian officials said one Egyptian man was killed and two wounded in the incident. ...
        • 13.
          Middle East Online - Mar 26 4:40 AM
          US embassy in Cairo opens investigation into Egyptian’s killing by Global Patriot’s warning shots.
        • 14.
          New York Times - Mar 26 5:23 PM
          The United States Navy said on Wednesday that an Egyptian citizen was killed when a Navy-contracted ship fired warning shots at approaching motorboats in the Suez Canal.
        • 15.
          International Herald Tribune - Mar 26 12:21 PM
          The U.S. Navy acknowledged Wednesday, and expressed regret, that an Egyptian citizen was killed when a ship working under contract for the navy fired warning shots at an approaching motorboat in the Suez Canal.
        • 16.
          EARTHtimes.org - Mar 26 5:01 AM
          Cairo - The US embassy in Cairo confirmed Wednesday the killing of an Egyptian when a US cargo vessel carrying used military equipment fired warning shots at his vessel some three kilometres from the Suez Canal. On Monday, the crew of the Global Patr...
        • 17.
          Moldova.org - Mar 27 3:05 PM
          U.S. President George Bush called Egypt's president to express sympathy for a civilian's death in the Suez Canal shooting incident, the White House said.Bush expressed his deep regret and sympathies to Hosni Mubarak Thursday over the death of an Egyptian who died when warning shots were fired from a U.S. vessel this week, presidential spokesman Gordon Johndroe said during a media briefing.The ...
        • 18.
          US admits killing Egyptian with Suez Canal warning shots
          AFP via Yahoo! News - Mar 26 6:03 AM
          The United States admitted on Wednesday that a US navy-chartered boat killed an Egyptian when it fired warning shots at a small boat plying its trade near the Suez Canal two days ago, saying compensation would be paid.
        • 19.
          Time Magazine - Mar 26 4:03 AM
          The United States acknowledged Wednesday that an Egyptian citizen was killed when a U.S. Navy-contracted ship fired warning shots at approaching motor boats in the Suez Canal
        • 20.
          International Herald Tribune - Mar 26 4:13 AM
          The U.S. embassy in Cairo said Wednesday that an Egyptian citizen was killed when a U.S. Navy-contracted ship fired warning shots at approaching motor boats in the Suez Canal.
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