August 9, 1949 Egypt Illegally Blocks Suez Canal to Israeli Shipping


Suez CanalBecause of the closing of the Suez Canal to Israeli shipping, on August 9, 1949, the UN upheld Israel’s complaint that Egypt was illegally blocking the canal.  UN negotiator Ralph Bunche declared: “There should be free movement for legitimate shipping and no vestiges of the wartime blockade should be allowed to remain, as they are inconsistent with both the letter and the spirit of the armistice agreements.” Source: 68

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