Egypt launches Suez Police force
New force to ensure Canal safety.
Egypt to launch police force to protect Suez Canal
WASHINGTON — It’s too soon to determine whether a new police department tasked with protecting the Suez Canal will do enough to secure the region, a supply chain security expert told JOC.com on Wednesday.
The Egyptian government’s announcement of its intention to create a new police force comes roughly three months after four boats ambushed an Egyptian Navy patrol boat near the Suez, ending in the destruction of the attacking vessels, the killing of four of the attacking gunmen and the capture of 32 others, according to reports. The Egyptian military had already strengthened security in the region after footage of a rocket-propelled grenade attack on a Cosco container ship traversing the waterway went viral.
“Any effective police force in the region will need to provide surveillance and protection to long swaths of canal banks in desolate and uninhabited areas where attackers could stage attacks on vessels,” Robert Shelala II, a supply chain security expert and author of a recent report on maritime security in the Middle East, told JOC.com.
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