Egypt: Circumstantial Evidence

The mystery of the Red Sea mines appears to be as close to solution as it is ever likely to be. Three months after ships traveling in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Suez began to suffer damage from unexplained explosions, the Egyptian government has concluded that the mines were 1) of Soviet manufacture and 2) almost certainly planted by Libya.

It had been known for weeks that a Libyan cargo ship, the Ghat, had crisscrossed the waterway just before the explosions began on July 9. Soon after, it was noted that mines had exploded in both the...

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