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In pictures: Twin-tube tunnels beneath the Suez Canal

The four road tunnels will be built 48m deep, 10.8m wide and 3.19km long, and provide access for an estimated 45,000 cars and trucks per day, while the rail tunnels will be built at the same depth over a distance of 6.7km and feature five ventilation shafts. Once they are completed, the tunnels will link the eastern and western banks of the Suez Canal from Egypt's homeland cities of Port Said and Ismailia, to the Sinai Peninsula.

In pictures: Twin-tube tunnels beneath the Suez Canal
A view from inside the entrance of a new twin-tube road tunnel under construction to straddle the Suez Canal, in the Egyptian city of Ismailia, about 127 kilometres east of the capital Cairo.
In pictures: Twin-tube tunnels beneath the Suez Canal
An overseer supervises labourers carrying out construction work on a new twin-tube road tunnel along the Suez Canal in the Egyptian city of Ismailia, about 127 kilometres east of the capital Cairo.
In pictures: Twin-tube tunnels beneath the Suez Canal
A view of the entrance to a new twin-tube road tunnel under construction to straddle the Suez Canal, in the Egyptian city of Ismailia, about 127 kilometres east of the capital Cairo.
In pictures: Twin-tube tunnels beneath the Suez Canal
A construction worker operates a forklift at the site of a new twin-tube road tunnel along the Suez Canal in the Egyptian city of Ismailia, about 127 kilometres east of the capital Cairo.
In pictures: Twin-tube tunnels beneath the Suez Canal
A construction worker walks through the entrance of a new twin-tube road tunnel along the Suez Canal in the Egyptian city of Ismailia, about 127 kilometres east of the capital Cairo.
In pictures: Twin-tube tunnels beneath the Suez Canal
A view of ongoing construction work at the site of a new twin-tube road tunnel that will straddle the Suez Canal, in the Egyptian city of Ismailia, about 127 kilometres east of the capital Cairo.
In pictures: Twin-tube tunnels beneath the Suez Canal
Labourers set up and fix a steel mesh at the site of a new twin-tube road tunnel under construction along the Suez Canal in the Egyptian city of Ismailia, about 127 kilometres east of the capital Cairo.
In pictures: Twin-tube tunnels beneath the Suez Canal
A construction worker uses a metal saw at the site of a new twin-tube road tunnel along the Suez Canal in the Egyptian city of Ismailia, about 127 kilometres east of the capital Cairo.