Egyptian ports and the country's strategic Suez Canal were operating normally on Friday with no disruption to cargo traffic, Reuters has reported, citing shipping sources and a canal official. "The movement of ships was not affected by the Sinai attacks," Mohab Mameesh, head of the Suez Canal Authority, said. The Egyptian army announced a state of emergency in the provinces of South Sinai and Suez on Friday after Islamist gunmen attacked an airport in the Sinai town of El Arish. "Ports are open and operating normally. Nothing has been affected at Alexandria, Damietta, Red Sea ports and the Suez canal for now," a shipping source in Egypt said.