JERUSALEM (Mar. 9)
For the first time since the Sinai campaign of 1956, Egypt has stopped a non-Israeli ship attempting to pass through the Suez Canal, after leaving an Israeli port. The ship, flying the Liberian flag, left Haifa last week, bound for the Far East. It has not yet completed its Canal passage.
Israeli authorities prefer at this time to believe that the Egyptian interference with this Canal passage may be due to technical, rather than political, reasons. However, the authorities indicated, israel may complain against this interference to the United Nations Security Council, or it may “take other steps.”
Meanwhile, there is concern here regarding another ship, a Greek freighter, which has also attempted to pass through the Suez. The Greek vessel left Haifa last Friday and was due to go through the Canal Saturday afternoon, but port authorities at Haifa have not yet received a report about its completion of the passage.