As world leaders debate its future, the Suez Canal continues to form a semi-natural barrier between Israel and the United Arab Republic.
LV Suez Canal ZOOM IN TO SV Israeli guard post
GV Suez Canal with Israeli fortifications along bank.
GV Suez Canal
GV Ismailia with debris in foreground
SV Damaged buildings in town centre
GV Deserted street
GV PAN Damaged buildings
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Background: As world leaders debate its future, the Suez Canal continues to form a semi-natural barrier between Israel and the United Arab Republic. The two sides still face each other across the empty waterway and military observation posts dot the skyline. The recent visit by United States Secretary of State, William Rogers to Cairo led to increased speculation that a solution to the problem may be in sight. Visnews staff cameraman Ken Ludlow was permitted by the Egyptian authorities to film in the town of Ismailia--damaged in rocket attacks--and by the Israeli authorities to film their positions along the canal bank.
SYNOPSIS: Hopes have risen again that the Suez Canal, blocked and unused since 1967, may yet be reopened to shipping. Since its closure, during the Six Day War, the canal has acted as a barrier between Israeli and Egyptian forces.
The two sides still face each other across the waterway, and canal-side towns still bear the scars of war.
This is the canal town of Ismailia once the operative centre of the Suez canal, but now with many of its buildings in ruins, only a shadow of its past importance.
As towns, such as this, begin to rebuild, the world--and the opposing armies--will continue to wait and hope.