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Negev

(nĕg`ĕv) or

Negeb

(nĕg`ĕb) [Heb.,=dry], hilly desert region of S Israel, c.5,140 sq mi (13,310 sq km), bordered by the Judaean Hills, the Wadi Arabah, the Sinai peninsula, and the narrow Mediterranean coastal plain; it comprises more than one half of Israel's land area. The Negev receives c.2 to 4 in. (5–10 cm) of rain annually. In the Beersheba basin, NW Negev, there are fertile loess deposits, but the region's aridity prevented cultivation until irrigation was provided by the National Water Carrier Project, which taps the Sea of Galilee. The Negev region also has a good mineral potential; copper, phosphates, and natural gas are already commercially extracted. In ancient times there were several prosperous cities along the principal wadis (watercourses) of the area. In modern times the Negev was the scene of much fighting between Egyptian and Israeli forces after the partition of Palestine in 1948. Many kibbutzim (see collective farmcollective farm,
an agricultural production unit including a number of farm households or villages working together under state control. The description of the collective farm has varied with time and place.
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) are located in the Negev; dry farming has been attempted in some areas. The major cities in the region include BeershebaBeersheba
[Heb.,=seven wells or well of the oath], city (1994 pop. 147,900), S Israel, principal city of the Negev Desert. It is the trade center for surrounding settlements and for Bedouins, who hold a weekly market in Beersheba. Construction is the city's main industry.
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, DimonaDimona
[Heb.,=wasting], town (1994 pop. 30,400), S Israel, in the Negev Desert. It is the seat of the Negev Nuclear Research Center. Mining and the production of textiles, chemicals, and processed minerals are also important.
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, Arad, and 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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Negev

, Negeb
the S part of Israel, on the Gulf of Aqaba: a triangular-shaped semidesert region, with large areas under irrigation; scene of fighting between Israeli and Egyptian forces in 1948. Chief town: Beersheba. Area: 12 820 sq. km (4950 sq. miles)
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The NUP said in statement issued by its foreign relations secretary, Nageeb Al-Khair Abdel-Wahab on Tuesday that Karti's statement was in letter and spirit closer to mobilization speeches than diplomatic thoughtful statements.
It is a positive thing," Nageeb referring to the new decision.
The NUP's secretary of foreign relations, Nageeb Al-Khair Abdel-Wahab, in a press release on Tuesday called on Bashir to dissolve the government and draft an interim constitution which secures freedoms and paves the way for a constitutional assembly to draft a permanent one and hold free and fair elections.
I don't believe that the campaign would affect relations between the two countries as it is not directed against someone in particular but it's for exposing corruption and injustice," Nageeb Gobraeil, a lawyer and president of the Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organization (EUHRO), told Daily News Egypt.
The NUP's secretary of foreign relations, Nageeb Al-Khair Abdel-Wahab, said in a statement on Friday that the current problems of the economy are caused by the political crisis.
The NUP's secretary for foreign affairs, Nageeb Al-Khair Abdel-Wahab, in a press circular on Sunday, pointed that accepting a presidential envoy besides the resident diplomatic representation means approving him to carry out missions outside the framework of international conventions.
The NUP's Secretary of Foreign Affairs Nageeb al-Khair Abdel-Wahab, said that the no improvement in ties will occur between the two countries before addressing the reasons which led to the imposition of the US sanctions, fulfilling international and regional obligations towards restoring democracy and the constitutional legitimacy and commitment to a peaceful transfer of power.