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Britain Protests Egyppian Restrictions on Ships Going Through Suez Canal to Israel

Britain has protested to Egypt against the introduction of additional restrictions on ships passing through the Suez Canal to Israel, a Foreign Office spokesman said today.

The spokesman said the British Ambassador in Cairo, Sir Ralph Skrine Stevenson, handed a letter of protest to the Egyptian Government on August 12. The new restrictions of which Britain complained were: 1. Refusal of port facilities to ships on an’ Egyptian black-list; 2. The stipulation that a ship’s master would have to give a written guarantee that the cargo would be used in the country of unloading. The guarantee would be countersigned by an Egyptian consular official at the port of unloading.

The spokesman said Britain had been in touch with the American and French Governments about the restrictions. Last Friday the British tanker Tornus and the Norwegian tanker Rona were reported placed on the Egyptian black-list on the ground that they shipped cargoes which reached Israel.