U.S. urged to clarify destination of arms shipment near Suez

CAIRO: Egypt denied Friday a U.S. arms shipment headed to the Suez Canal would be unloaded in the country, after rights group Amnesty International warned that Egyptian security forces could abuse the weapons.

The London-based human rights group had demanded Thursday that the shipment not be offloaded in Egypt, where dozens of protesters have been killed in confrontations with soldiers and police in recent months.

But the U.S. Navy said the shipment would not be offloaded in Egypt, without clarifying its final destination, the London-based organization said in a subsequent statement.

The Egyptian Embassy’s defense attache in Washington also denied the shipment was meant for Egypt, saying it was destined for an “Asian country” through the Suez canal, the official MENA news agency reported Friday.

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