Egypt's President Nasser: Israeli Shipping Won't be Allowed in Straits of Tiran

Egypt's President Nasser: Israeli Shipping Won't be Allowed in Straits of Tiran

Gulf of Aqaba, Straights of Tiran
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The Egyptian government under President Gamal Abdel Nasser announces that Israeli shipping will not be permitted to pass through the Straits of Tiran. Israel has already said that any closure of the Straits to Israel would be considered an act of war or justification for war.

On March 1, Foreign Minister Meir tells the UN General Assembly:

"Interference, by armed force, with ships of Israeli flag exercising free and innocent passage in the Gulf of Aqaba and through the Straits of Tiran will be regarded by Israel as an attack entitling it to exercise its inherent right of self-defense under Article 51 of the Charter and to take all such measures as are necessary to ensure the free and innocent passage of its ships in the Gulf and in the Straits"

This, among other events, leads to Israel launching a series of surprise air strikes in June that will become known as the Six Day War.

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South of Sinai, Gulf of Aqaba

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