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UAE and Bahrain hold naval exercise with Israel

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  • November 12, 2021
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UAE and Bahrain hold naval exercise with Israel

Part of: Prelims and GS-II – International Relations and GS-III – Defence and security

Context The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are holding their first joint naval exercise with Israel.

  • The five-day manoeuvres in the Red Sea, which is linked to the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal, are intended to “enhance interoperability between participating forces.
  • The exercise aims to safeguard freedom of navigation and the free flow of trade, which are essential to regional security and stability.

About Red Sea

  • The Red Sea is a semi-enclosed tropical basin, bounded by northeastern Africa, to the west, and the Arabian peninsula, to the east.
  • The basin extends between the Mediterranean Sea, to the north-west, and the Indian Ocean, to the south-east.
  • At the northern end, it separates into the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Suez, which is connected to the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal.
  • At the southern end, it is connected to the Gulf of Aden, and the outer Indian Ocean, via the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb.
  • It is one of the youngest oceanic zones on Earth.
  • The unique habitats of the Red sea support a wide range of marine life, including sea turtles, dugongs, dolphins and many endemic fish species.
  • Coral reefs mainly extend along the northern and central coasts

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