Gulf of Aqaba

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Aqaba, Gulf of,

northeastern arm of the Red Sea, 118 mi (190 km) long and 10 to 15 mi (16.1 to 24.1 km) wide, between the Sinai and Arabian peninsulas; a part of the Great Rift Valley. The gulf, which is entered through the Straits of Tiran, has played a major role in the tensions and wars between Israel and the Arab states (Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia) bordering it. Aqaba, with the Israeli port of ElatElat
or Eilat
[Heb.,=trees], city (1994 pop. 35,700), S Israel, a port on the Gulf of Aqaba, an arm of the Red Sea. It is strategically located near the Sinai peninsula, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia and is Israel's gateway to Africa and East Asia.
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 at its head, was Israel's only accessible waterway to E Africa, Asia, and Australia when Egypt closed the Suez Canal between 1967 to 1975. The Gulf of Aqaba was blockaded by the Arabs from 1949 to 1956 and again in 1967, despite the fact that it was declared (1958) an international waterway by the United Nations. In the wake of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, Israel occupied the Sinai and hence strategic points along the Straits of Tiran to insure open passage of its shipping. As a result of the Camp David accordsCamp David accords,
popular name for the peace treaty forged in 1978 between Israel and Egypt at the U.S. presidential retreat at Camp David, Md. The official agreement was signed on Mar. 26, 1979, in Washington, D.C.
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 of 1978, and the ensuing Egypt-Israel peace treaty (1979), Israel withdrew from its positions on the Straits of Tiran. The Gulf of Aqaba played a major role in the Iran-Iraq WarIran-Iraq War,
1980–88, protracted military conflict between Iran and Iraq. It officially began on Sept. 22, 1980, with an Iraqi land and air invasion of western Iran, although Iraqi spokespersons maintained that Iran had been engaging in artillery attacks on Iraqi towns
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 throughout the 1980s, when it became a vital supply port for Iraq via Jordan. Later, with the imposition of international sanctions against Iraq and the ensuing Persian Gulf WarPersian Gulf Wars,
two conflicts involving Iraq and U.S.-led coalitions in the late 20th and early 21st cent.

The First Persian Gulf War, also known as the Gulf War, Jan.–Feb.
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 (1991), the Gulf of Aqaba served as an important blockade point for coalition forces against goods bound for Iraq.
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Lazing on a sun-lounger overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba, we could see Jordan and Saudi Arabia across the 20 kilometres of Red Sea that separates Egypt from these two countries.
From Eilat port, again by VLCCS, they would go through the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea via the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea to India.
From the Eilat terminal, again by tanker, it would be sent through the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea via the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea to India.
The minibus was travelling back to Cairo from the resort of Taba on the Gulf of Aqaba at the time of the crash.
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If Israel is close enough to receive Jethro from Midian, it has been suggested that Sinai should be located across the Gulf of Aqaba in a region of northwestern Arabia known to have experienced volcanic activity in historic times (thus providing a reasonable explanation for the smoke and fire of the great theophany in Exodus 19ff.
Bshary observed the cleaner wrasses in a sheltered bay opening into the Gulf of Aqaba at Mersa Bareika, Egypt.
Both steps were sought by President George Bush as he brought the two sides together in a summit in a Jordanian palace on the shore on the Gulf of Aqaba.
Joining Abbas, Sharon, and the summit's host,Jordan's King Abdullah,at his palace on the shores of the Gulf of Aqaba,Bush praised the leaders' commitments and concessions.