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Egypt’s Marwa Elselehdar wrongly blamed the Suez Canal chaos



Egypt’s first female captain said that she was wrongly accused of the collapse of the Suez Canal-this happened while she was on another ship hundreds of miles away.

The BBC reported that the 29-year-old Marwa Elselehdar was the first companion of the commander of Alexander Aida IV when the huge Ever Given container ship accidentally Stuck in the waterway.

But online rumors and false news headlines spread that she was behind the maritime disaster, which delayed the main transportation route before Ever Given’s release.

“I was shocked. I think I might become a target, maybe because I am a successful woman in this field, or because I am Egyptian, but I am not sure,”

; she told the media.

The captain of Ever Ever has not disclosed, but Egyptian officials said human error may have caused the ship to run aground last month.

A worker waving the flag of Egypt
A worker waved the Egyptian flag. This is the “Ever Given” container ship operated by the Evergreen Marine Corporation. After being completely released and floating, it sailed with the tug through the Suez Canal.
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Elselehdar, who does not work for a shipping company, said that the rumors about her intervention appeared to be caused by tampered screenshots of the “Arab News” headline.

Elselehdar told the BBC: “This fake article was written in English, so it spread in other countries.”

“I tried my best to deny the content of the article because it affected my reputation and all my efforts to become the present.”

The false story also prompted the troll to follow her.

She said: “The comments on this article are very negative and harsh, but ordinary people and people I work with have many other supporting comments.”

She said: “My message to women who want to enter the maritime field is to fight for what they like and don’t let any negative emotions affect you.”


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