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The region has historically been the center of conflict between various states, based largely on its strategic geopolitical location. In addition to periods of direct rule by Egyptian governments (including the Ayyubids, the Mamluks, the Muhammad Ali Dynasty, and the modern Egyptian republic), it was like the rest of Egypt, also occupied and controlled by the Ottoman Empire, and the United Kingdom. Israel invaded and occupied Sinai during the Suez Crisis (known in Egypt as the Tripartite Aggression) of 1956, and during the Six Day War of 1967. On 6 October 1973, Egypt launched the October War to liberate the peninsula, which was the site of fierce fighting between Egyptian and Israeli forces. In 1982, after the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty of 1979, Israel withdrew from the entirety of Sinai. Today, Sinai has become a tourist destination due to its natural setting, rich coral reefs, and biblical history.^nbsp; Mount Sinai is one of the most religiously significant places in Abrahamic faiths.
Unknown to me, I was very anemic at the time that I went to the Sinai. ( I was later hospitalized, coumadin. ) The altitude, especially at Mount Sinai, caused me great breathing problems consequently I stayed at the hotel rather that tackle the mountain and St. Catherine's Monastery.
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