Customs employees at Adabiya Seaport in the Suez Canal Zone refused to allow a seven-ton shipment of tear gas to pass Nov. 28, and were detained for questioning by security officials. Documents released by the customs workers indicate the first of three such shipments ordered by the Interior Ministry. Remaining shipments apparently remain en route from Wilmington, Del. Documents indicate the tear gas was manufactured by Pennsylvania-based Combined Systems. (Ahram Online, The Guardian, Nov. 29)
The Ministry of Interior finally took possession of the shipment. The accused workers were released after Suez customs chief Mohamed El-Sayed said he “reprimanded them off the record.” (Ahram Online, Nov. 29)
In the past week of street-fighting, Egyptian security forces have used a new incapacitating tear gas that has caused seizures, convulsions and coughing blood. Combined Systems and affiliated Combined Tactical Systems are under the umbrella of CSI company, which was acquired in 2005 by Carlyle Group. (PEU Report, Nov. 25) It also sells tear gas to Israel.
See our last post on the struggle in Egypt.