"'Why didn't we close the canal?"

The Suez Canal in Egypt, an artificial waterway connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, is an important maritime link between Europe and Asia.

It was under British control until 1956 when the series of events known as the Suez Crisis led to its being put under the control of a United Nations peacekeeping force.

During the Abyssinia Crisis, closing the Suez Canal would have made it more difficult for Italian troops to reach Ethiopia.


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