Dahlak Archipelago

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Dahlak Archipelago

(däläk` ärkĭpĕl`əgō), island group, Eritrea, in the Red Sea off Massawa. There are two large, inhabited islands and more than 200 small, largely uninhabited islands. The islands are flat, barren, and mainly of coral origin. The pearl fisheries there were known to the Romans and still produce a few pearls. In the 7th cent. the group formed an independent Muslim state, but it was subsequently conquered by Yemen and, later, by the Ottoman Turks. Taken by Italy in conquest of Eritrea (1880s), the islands became part of Ethiopia after World War II, and then part of Eritrea after that country's independence in 1993.
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As a result, the Arab League exerted precious efforts in this regard, thereby discovering that the Zionist State is renting from Ethiopia the Abu Al-Tair, Halib and Dahlak islands and the lease was made in cooperation with the United States.
Less well known, except to a very few historians and the local fishermen, ate yet mote extensive but as yet unnamed ruins on the Dahlak Archipelago, way out to sea from Massawa, The Periplus also notes the Dahlak islands -- there are 200 in all -- as ".
But besides the Byzantines, the Persians and various rulers of Arabia--particularly the Yemen--and Ethiopians, Ottomans and in due course the Portuguese all from time to time made bids to gain control over (at the very least) the trade of the strategically situated Dahlak islands.
In the days of Emperor Haile Sellassie of Ethiopia, the strategic if remote position of the Dahlak islands attracted the interest of the Israeli intelligence services.
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