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A U.S. Navy security team aboard the Global Patriot fired the warning shots, said Lt. Nathan Christensen, deputy spokesman for the U.S. 5th Fleet, based in Bahrain.
A U.S. cargo ship traveling in the highly congested Suez Canal opened fire March 24 on a motorboat carrying three Egyptians, killing a 17-year-old fisherman. While there is some confusion whether it was the U.S. cargo ship or the Egyptian navy that fired, widespread reports say it was the U.S. vessel.
The incident shows that the United States is on alert for any signs of attack in the region, and could provide fodder for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood
The U.S. ship, called the Global Patriot, transfers U.S. military equipment from Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Kuwait; and Iraq. It was in a waiting area known as the Zenobia Lighthouse preparing to enter the Mediterranean when the incident took place.
The Suez Canal is one of the world’s busiest sea trade canals; at some points it is only 120 yards wide. The canal is also one of Egypt’s main sources of foreign currency.
According to the Egyptian navy, the Egyptian motorboat contained merchants attempting to sell products to the Global Patriot. It is not uncommon for such merchants to seek to sell cigarettes and other local products to the crew of larger craft. The crew of the U.S. ship reportedly told the smaller boat to stay back, but they spoke in English. When the motorboat did not comply, the Global Patriot opened fire.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Nothing on the ship was "surplus". They were brand new MRAPs bound for the US forces in Iraq. The MRAPs are built in South Africa, which is where this ship originated.
The Global Patriot, carrying used US military equipment, was in the Gulf of Suez when it was approached by a motorboat selling local merchandise.
It is reported that this trader was a 27 year-old father of three. His three children will undoubtedly grow up with a serious distrust of America and its foreign policy. The chance that these children are going to grow up and become leaders against America is slim, yet they will provide their voices to an ever growing choir of middle-easterners effected by this war and our interventionist policies.
Cairo, March 25 (DPA) The US ambassador to Egypt apologized Tuesday over an incident in which a US cargo vessel opened fire on an Egyptian boat near the Suez Canal, killing one man and injuring two. Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardoni told the Dubai-based al-Arabiya television that the incident was regrettable.
“We are really sorry over this outcome (of the accident). We will open an inquiry into it,” Ricciardoni said
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Because you're dealing with multiple sources, talking to multiple people, all of whom are very emotional about this event. There's bound to be confusion going on, which is why the story has changed so much as time has gone on.
Originally posted by Wasco
Did anyone else notice now there are reports of an Egyptian navy vessel possibly firing?
Originally posted by resistor
WOW WOW WOW
I wonder how they were ordered to stop. by opening fire and gunning right for the head?
How does one come to a complete stop at sea, i wonder.
But anyway, case closed and solved.
As of late we have been doing a darned good job at bullying the world.
Tell me, do they also have the right to stop us or does it just work one way?
Forgive my stupidity.
Shar, its just one of those things that will be investigated and hopefully it was true that they in fact did send up a ton of flares and that other boat just didnt obey our rules- maybe he needed to hustle and make some real money that day.
Its a shame if they were innocents. Can you picture an agressive cigarrette sales person?
I dont know, i hope it was an accident.