Collision kills 13 Egyptian fishermen in Gulf of Suez; 13 missing

Updated 14 December 2014

Collision kills 13 Egyptian fishermen in Gulf of Suez; 13 missing

CAIRO: A dawn collision between two vessels in the Gulf of Suez left at least 13 Egyptian fishermen dead and 13 others missing on Sunday, officials said.
The vessel that struck the fishing boat carrying 40 men failed to stop following the accident, said Bakri Abul Hassan, the head of Egypt’s main fishermen’s trade union.
The accident occurred in the Gulf of Suez between Ras Ghareb on the Egyptian mainland and El-Tor on the Sinai Peninsula, he told AFP.
The bodies of 13 fishermen were retrieved from the Gulf, which links the Red Sea to the Suez Canal and Mediterranean.
Another 14 fishermen were pulled from the water and a search and rescue operation was underway for those still missing.
A Panamanian-flagged vessel suspected of involvement in the collision was later stopped near the port of Safaga, south of the Gulf, said Abdel Rahim Mustafa, spokesman for Public Authority of Red Sea Ports.
A man who survived the accident, Al-Sayyed Mohamed Arafat, told reporters that he had jumped from the fishing boat before the collision with the other vessel.
He said he had drifted in the water for four hours clinging to a wooden crate before being rescued.


Israel's Mossad chief discusses 'cooperation' with Bahrain

Updated 33 min 30 sec ago

Israel's Mossad chief discusses 'cooperation' with Bahrain

  • Cohen visited Bahrain on Wednesday and discussed "topics of mutual interest" with Bahraini officials
  • The September 15 US-brokered deal was signed in Washington at the same time as an Israel-UAE normalisation agreement

MANAMA: Israel's Mossad spy agency chief Yossi Cohen has held talks in Bahrain with top security and intelligence officials, Bahrain state media reported Thursday, after their countries agreed to normalise ties.
Cohen visited Bahrain on Wednesday and discussed "topics of mutual interest" as well as "cooperation between the two countries" with the Bahraini officials, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said.
"They stressed the importance... of the role the (normalisation deal) will play in significantly contributing to promoting stability and peace in the region," BNA added.
The September 15 US-brokered deal was signed in Washington at the same time as an Israel-UAE normalisation agreement.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to the US capital for a ceremony to sign the deals along with the foreign affairs chiefs of the two Arab monarchies of the Gulf.
Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates became the third and fourth Arab countries to normalise ties with Israel, following Jordan's 1994 peace treaty with the Jewish state and Egypt's peace deal in 1979.