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Egypt asks Italy's help in clearing Red Sea of mines

Egypt has asked Italy to join international efforts to clear the Red Sea of mines. A Polish cargo ship joined the list of more than a dozen vessels hit by blasts since July 9.

As French and US ships steamed toward the region to investigate the explosions, the Polish news agency PAP said the 5,713-ton Jozef Wybicki was shaken by a blast Saturday on its way to the Saudi port of Jiddah. PAP said the explosion, at the mouth of the Red Sea, caused no casualties.

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Egypt suspected Libya and Iran, but could not be 100 percent sure. Both countries have denied involvement in the explosions.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Navy continued a round-the-clock vigil at the approaches of the Suez Canal, linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, with orders to stop and search any ship suspected of carrying explosives.

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