Crossing the Land of Swamps and Reeds
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In order to avoid being harassed by the Egyptian army, the Hebrews did not take the shorter route along the coastline, as this road was lined with forts and Egyptian war-chariots were patrolling it. They took a more southern route and encamped along the western border of the area of swamps and reeds. A fierce dust storm took place, which dried up the gypsum and salt crust of the soil surrounding the swamps, and which enabled the Hebrews to cross them. When the Egyptian chariots moved after them their wheels broke the crust and they sank into the marshes.