Egypt's Sisi: Suez backlog to be cleared in 3 days

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said that shipping traffic through the Suez Canal will return to normal within three days.

Traffic resumed on Monday after a Japanese container ship that had been blocking the canal for over six days was refloated. The vessel Ever Given is operated by a Taiwanese firm.

The Suez Canal Authority is working around the clock to move waiting ships through the waterway. It says about 250 vessels will pass through the canal by midnight Tuesday. That's more than half of 422 ships in the build-up.

President al-Sisi on Tuesday visited Ismailia, where the headquarters of the Suez Canal Authority is located.

He thanked workers involved in the operation, saying the crisis was overcome with a minimal impact after six days of their efforts. He also said the backlog of ships will be cleared within three days.

The Suez Canal is a vital shipping route connecting Asia and Europe. Normalizing its traffic is crucial for Egypt as the canal serves as an important source of income for the country.