A 400m-long container ship, approximately the length of four football pitches, has become wedged across Egypt’s Suez Canal, blocking one of the world’s busiest trade routes.

The 200,000 tonne ship ran aground and became lodged sideways across the waterway at about 07:40 local time (05:40 GMT) on Tuesday.

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Many vessels are stuck, waiting for rescue boats to free the ship, which was knocked off course by strong winds.

Egypt has reopened the canal’s older channel to divert some traffic until the grounded ship can move again.

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