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Egypt to build new 45 mile canal alongside Suez

Egypt is to build a new 72-km (45 mile) canal alongside the Suez Canal, the chairman of the Suez Canal Authority said.

The Suez Canal in Egypt. Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

"This giant project will be the creation of a new Suez Canal parallel to the current channel of a total length of 72 kilometres," Mohab Mamish told a conference in Ismailia, a port town on the Suez Canal.