Strait of Tiran

   Body of water connecting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba (Gulf of Eilat). The strait is narrow and constricted by islands (Tiran and Sanafir) and reefs. From the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula to Tiran Island, the distance is approximately five miles. Coral formations constrict the seaway into two navigable channels: Enterprise Passage, which borders the Sinai coast, is 1,300 yards wide, while Grafton Passage, about one mile from the island of Tiran, is about 900 yards wide. Israel has argued that the Gulf of Aqaba should be treated as an international waterway and that no state has the right to deny passage through the Strait of Tiran. The Arab argument is that the Gulf of Aqaba consists of Arab territorial waters and that passage through it and the Strait of Tiran therefore cannot be undertaken without the consent of the Arab states. Until 1956, Egypt prevented shipping to Israel by maintaining military positions along the Sinai shore. These were destroyed by Israel during the Sinai War (1956). The announcement by President Gamal Ab-del Nasser of Egypt in May 1967 that the straits were blockaded was a proximate cause of the Six-Day War (1967). Afterward, they remained open to all shipping, including shipping to and from the Israeli port of Eilat.

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  • Tiran — /ti rahn /, n. 1. Strait of, a navigable waterway between the N Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba. 2. an island in this strait, belonging to Saudi Arabia. * * * tiran, ant, anny obs. ff. tyrant, tyranny …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tiran — /ti rahn /, n. 1. Strait of, a navigable waterway between the N Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba. 2. an island in this strait, belonging to Saudi Arabia. * * * …   Universalium

  • Tiran — /tiˈran/ (say tee rahn) noun Strait of, a strait joining the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea. 16 km long, 8 km wide …   Australian English dictionary

  • Tiran — n. strait located between the Gulf of Aqaba and the northern Red Sea; male first name …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Tiran — Ti•ran [[t]tɪˈrɑn[/t]] n. geg Strait of, a navigable waterway between the N Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba …   From formal English to slang

  • Straits of Tiran — The Straits of Tiran (Arabic: مضيق تيران, Hebrew: מיצרי טיראן), are the narrow sea passages, about 13 km (8 miles) wide, between the Sinai and Arabian peninsulas which separates the Gulf of Aqaba from the Red Sea. It is named after Tiran Island… …   Wikipedia

  • SHARM EL-SHEIKH, TIRĀN ISLAND, AND TIRĀN STRAITS — SHARM EL SHEIKH, TIRĀN ISLAND, AND TIRĀN STRAITS. Sharm el Sheikh and Sharm al Mā (Sharm el Moye) are two small bays on the southeastern coast of the Sinai Peninsula, opening out to the Red Sea. They are situated 10 mi. (16 km.) north of Raʾs… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Isla de Tirán — جزيرة تيران Isla de Tirán y estrecho homónimo Localización País disputada Coordenadas …   Wikipedia Español

  • Origins of the Six-Day War — The Origins of the Six Day War, which was fought between June 5 and June 10, 1967, by Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt [known then as the United Arab Republic (UAR)], Jordan, and Syria, lay in both longer term and immediate issues. The… …   Wikipedia

  • Gulf of Aqaba —    Israel also refers to it as the Gulf of Eilat, derived from the port city of Eilat at its head. The Gulf of Aqaba is about 100 miles long, with a coastline shared by Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. At its northern end are the Israeli… …   Historical Dictionary of Israel

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