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2006-07-19 07:20:00

By Ed Harris ADI KE, Eritrea -- High above a rocky cliff top south of Eritrea's capital, Asmara, an Augur Buzzard glides overhead, its broad white wings outstretched. Down on the ground, Ken Harte, 70, an American tourist and passionate birdwatcher treads past a narrow valley's candelabra trees and prickly pear, hoping for a rare glimpse of a species not yet recorded in the Horn of Africa country. "The holy grail would be the Blue-Winged Goose," he said, adjusting the cameras hanging from his...

2006-06-30 07:40:00

By Ed Harris DAHLAK KEBIR, Eritrea (Reuters) - Shoals of jackfish and snapper emerge from the gloom of the scuttled, rusting warship as visitors snorkel past. A short distance away, angelfish and sweetlips glide above the coral, a turtle slips beneath the surface, and dolphins chase a small boat carrying captivated tourists. "Unbelievable, spectacular," said Alessandro Palmero, a diplomat with the European Commission and regular visitor to the Dahlak Islands off Eritrea, after a dive. "First,...

2006-06-27 06:43:31

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces on Tuesday shot dead two men named as members of a group behind deadly bombings in Sinai tourist resorts, security sources said. The security forces shot Ibrahim Hamid and his brother Sami in northern Sinai, where the authorities say the militant group was based. A gunbattle started when police arrived to arrest the men south of the town of el-Arish. The wife of one of the suspects was also killed. Twenty tourists and Egyptian workers were...

2006-05-19 05:20:47

ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - A man wanted for involvement in bombings of tourist resorts in Sinai killed himself by accident on Friday while trying to attack police who were pursuing him, security sources said. Arafat Ali, 28, was blown up by an explosive device which he had tried to throw at policemen who had encircled him in Rafah, a town which is straddles Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip. The sources said he was second in command of a group called Tawhid wal Jihad, which the...

2006-05-12 08:31:28

EL-ARISH, Egypt (Reuters) - Four men wanted in connection with bombings that killed 20 people in the Sinai resort of Dahab last month have turned themselves in, security sources said on Friday. The surrenders came shortly after police killed Nasr Khamis el-Milahi, a man the Interior Ministry named as the leader of a group it blames for a series of attacks in Sinai since October 2004, and the arrest of his assistant in a gunbattle on Tuesday. "The four wanted men turned themselves...

2006-05-09 10:12:55

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian police on Tuesday killed the leader of the group behind suicide bombings which killed 19 people in the Sinai peninsula last month, the Interior Ministry said. Counter-terrorism units and police surrounded an agricultural area on the outskirts of the north Sinai town of El Arish in the morning after receiving information that Nasr Khamis el-Milahi was hiding there, it said in a statement. Milahi and an assistant, named as Abdullah Alyan Abu Jarir, tried to...

2006-05-06 04:53:25

ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - An Egyptian who blew himself up in an attack on a multinational force in the Sinai peninsula was a 19-year-old student of Islam at a Cairo university, security sources said on Saturday. Eid Salman Mohammed Salim launched his suicide attack on April 26 on vehicles used by the Multinational Force and Observers. There were no MFO casualties. The MFO observes the implementation of Egypt's 1979 peace treaty with Israel in the Sinai. Salim's father had...

2006-05-01 13:50:37

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian police hunting for bombers behind attacks in the Sinai peninsula killed three suspects on Monday, the Interior Ministry said. A police officer was also killed and two others wounded in a heavy exchange of fire with the wanted men in a mountainous area of northern Sinai, the ministry said in a statement. It said the men were part of a group which last week killed 18 people in bomb attacks on the Red Sea resort of Dahab and launched two suicide attacks on a...

2006-05-01 13:02:26

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian police hunting for bombers behind attacks in the Sinai peninsula killed three suspects on Monday, security sources in Sinai said. A police officer was also killed in the gunbattles with the suspects in a mountainous area of northern Sinai. The police on Sunday shot dead another three men they said belonged to a group of Sinai Bedouin who killed 18 people in bomb attacks on the Red Sea resort of Dahab last week. The authorities identified one of those as the...

2006-05-01 07:35:00

By Ed Harris ASMARA, Eritrea (Reuters) - Tending graves knee-deep in dry grass and purple flowers, Eritrea's last native Jew clutches memories of a forgotten community. Sami Cohen was born 58 years ago in the tiny Horn of Africa state into a vibrant Jewish community, but death, war and emigration have left him all alone in Asmara, a city overlooking the Red Sea. "A lot of people, a lot of friends, a lot of parents, a lot of families," he says with a shrug. "Now they are all gone. You can...


Latest Red Sea Reference Libraries

Jabal al-Tair Island
2014-04-10 11:56:15

Jabal al-Tair Island, known by many other names including Tair Island and Jebel Teir, is a volcanic island that is located in the Red Sea and is under the jurisdiction of Yemen. It reaches an elevation of 801 feet and is about 1.9 miles in length. The island is comprised of Jabal al-Tair, a stratovolcano that was considered extinct in 1982, although it erupted in 2007. In 1900, the British Admiralty described the volcano as having a steep, conical shape, making it a good landmark for ships...

Zubair Group
2014-04-10 10:08:46

Zubair Group, also known as Zubayr Group or Al Zubair Group, is a chain of volcanic islands belonging to Yemen that are located on top of a shield volcano in the Red Sea. Zubair Group The largest island, known as Zubair, is among the youngest islands, which also include Saba, Saddle, and Haycock. The shield volcano underneath the islands began a period of eruptions and eventually quieted down, followed by a period of explosive and effusive eruptions that formed the islands that are present...

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2007-12-18 14:34:45

The Silver Moony (Monodactylus argenteus), is a perciform fish found in the Red Sea and East Africa to Samoa, North to the Yaeyamas, south to New Caledonia and Australia. This fish is often kept in brackish water aquaria. Silver moony has a silver body in a triangular shape. They have big eyes and crossed with a dark ray. Its fins are silver with yellow reflection.

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2007-04-19 05:56:14

The Bluespotted ribbontail ray, Taeniura lymma, is a stingray of the family Dasyatidae, found around coral reefs in the tropical Indo-West Pacific from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Solomon Islands north to southern Japan and south to northern Australia, between latitudes 32° N and 30° S. The bluespotted ribbontail ray is a colorful stingray with large bright blue spots on an oval, elongated disc and with blue longitudinal stripes on the tail. The snout is rounded and angular,...

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2007-04-05 00:11:48

The Spotted garden-eel, Heteroconger hassi, is a conger of the family Congridae, found in Indo-Pacific oceans from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Society Islands, north to the Ryukyu and Ogasawara islands, south to northwestern Australia and New Caledonia, and throughout Micronesia, at depths of between 22.97 and 147.64 ft (7 and 45 m). Length is up to 15.75 in (40 cm), and the body diameter is up to about .55 in (14 mm). The markings on the spotted garden-eel are variable but usually...

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