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Suez Canal: Ever Given freed and traffic soon to resume, Egypt says

The mammoth Ever Given container ship was finally freed in the Suez Canal on Monday, Egyptian authorities said, unblocking the vital artery that had been closed off to international shipping.

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said traffic would resume as normal soon, while witnesses and tracking websites say the vessel is now sat in the middle of the waterway.

It caps a topsy-turvy day and difficult week for authorities attempting to dislodge the Ever Given, which earlier on Monday was partially refloated and swung across the water by the wind.

As the ship was refloated in the morning, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi swiftly hailed the “success” in ending the crisis of the stranded ship.

“And by restoring matters to their normal course, with Egyptian hands, the whole world can be assured of the path of its goods and needs that are carried through this navigational artery,” Sisi said on his official Twitter account.