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TIRAN Island Sharm el Sheikh by marco mosterts

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marco mosterts marco mosterts
Explore score
0.52 Gigapixels
Date added
Nov 10, 2010
Date taken
Oct 10, 2010

Tiran (Arabic: جزيرة تيران‎) is an island belonging to Saudi Arabia at the entrance of the Straits of Tiran, which separates the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba. Its size is about 80 km². The island is leased to Egypt, to support the presence of an observation post controlled by the Multinational Force and Observers and an Egyptian Coastal Patrol post. It is of strategic significance in the area, as it forms the narrowest section of the Straits of Tiran, which is an important sea passage to ports in Jordan and Israel: Aqaba and Eilat respectively. It is inhabited only by military personnel from Egypt and the United States, and is covered with minefields. Chisholm Point is a cape of Tiran Island. Some believe that this is the biblical location where the Red Sea was parted.

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