Marwa Elselehdar poses for a photograph next to a cruise ship.
Gulf Today Report
A huge container ship blocking the Suez Canal like a "beached whale" may take weeks to free, the salvage company said, as officials stopped all ships entering the channel on Thursday in a new setback for global trade.
However, in a new twist, a smear campaign has started on social media against Marwa Elselehdar, Egypt’s first female shipmaster, blaming her for the Suez Canal blockage.
Marwa negated she had been commanding the cargo ship MV EVER GIVEN causing it to lodge sideways while crossing the Suez Canal.
Marwa stated that she works for the Egyptian Authority of Marine Safety commanding the lighthouse tender Aida 4.
Egypt Today Magazine said on Twitter, “A fake post is circulating on social media alleging an Egyptian female sea captain of causing the cargo ship “Ever Given” to get stuck in Suez Canal while sailing through the international waterway.
“The photo belongs to Captain Marwa El Selehdar who works for the Egyptian Authority of Marine Safety commanding lighthouse tender Aida 4. The caption derogates Arab women’s ability to work as sea captains.”
The captain said that a screenshot of an interview she did a while ago was used and the headline was photoshopped to make the disinformation seem like recent news.
Marwa said none of the information about the canal ship being controlled by her is true.
Marwa said the published fabricated photos and information is an organised campaign against Arab women, as evidenced by the existence of 3 fake accounts bearing her name on Twitter. They have garnered 20,000 followers within a few hours since their launch.
The 400-metre (430 yard) Ever Given, almost as long as the Empire State Building is high, is blocking transit in both directions through one of the world's busiest shipping channels for oil and grain and other trade linking Asia and Europe.
“The company has urged the shipowner to report the cause of the incident and has been in discussions with relevant parties including the canal management authority to assist the ship as soon as possible.”
The Panama-flagged ship is a 400-metre (1,300) long vessel. It swerved and got stuck in a sandstorm on Tuesday.
"Unknown individuals" triggered the emergency brakes on one of the trains causing it to stop, the rail authority said. President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi mourned the victims in a statement posted on his official social media and said those responsible would be punished.
The much-anticipated Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) is finally here to thrill, educate and entertain children and young adults of all ages. The 12th edition of the region’s largest literary and cultural event for children will open tomorrow, May 19 (Wednesday), at Expo Centre Sharjah.
Many parents with children of determination have welcomed the recently launched Merint Determination Center (MDC) offering a wide range of educational and rehabilitation services with affordable fee packages.
A 40-year-old Brazilian visitor was booked by anti-narcotics teams and prosecuted on drug-trafficking charges, for attempting to smuggle 9.4 kilogrammes of cocaine into Dubai Airport.
The UN Security Council was to hold an emergency meeting amid a diplomatic push to end the fighting, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Israel would continue its military onslaught on the coastal enclave “as long as necessary.”