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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Aqaba, Gulf of

Andrea Gioia

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 09 May 2021

Act of state — Territorial sea — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea)

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The Gulf of Aqaba (‘Gulf’), also known in Israel as the Gulf of Eilat, is a relatively long and narrow arm of the Red Sea formed by the Sinai Peninsula, to the west, and the Arabian Peninsula, to the east. It measures approximately 98 miles in length, and its width varies from 3 to 17 miles. Originally surrounded by Ottoman territory, at present the Gulf washes the shores of four States: Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. However, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have sovereignty over the greatest part of the territory surrounding the Gulf. Both Israel and Jordan...
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