Wednesday, March 26, 2008
The US Navy has confirmed that personnel on one of its vessels opened fire on Egyptian boats in the Suez Canal yesterday. The US says personnel on the cargo ship Global Patriot fired "warning shots" at several small boats that ignored instructions to turn away.
The Global Patriot, a U.S. cargo ship which was under short term charter to the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift CommandThe Egyptians say one of the boats was trying to sell cigarettes and other products to those on board the US vessel. They say one man was killed and two injured in the subsequent shooting.