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First scan of Suez produces 5 suspected mines for study

US helicopters operating in the southern sector of the Gulf of Suez have completed a general scan of the area as experts prepared to study five suspected mines found on the seabed, Egyptian military sources in Suez City said.

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Three Italian mine-hunting ships and one naval support ship are joining in the international mine-sweeping effort. The ships are expected to take about a week to reach their destination.

A Soviet destroyer and submarine-chaser arrived at Egypt's Port Said Wednesday and were expected to transit the Suez Canal to join two Soviet mine sweepers in the southern tip of the Red Sea. The submarine-chaser Leningrad had four helicopters on board.

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