Friday, November 6, 2009

On November 6

On this day in ...
... 1956, British and French troops captured Port Said and another port in the Suez Canal Zone -- nationalized a few months earlier by Egyptian President Abdel Nasser -- and then declared a ceasefire. At the same time, Israel declared a ceasefire in the Sinai. The BBC reported:
There was a sense of relief at the United Nations headquarters in New York as the Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold announced the allies had accepted the terms of the UN ceasefire and had ordered troops to stop fighting.

An emergency U.N. peacekeeping force would be sent to the region.

(Prior November 6 posts are here and here.)

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