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(Placename) a port in S Israel, on the Gulf of Aqaba: Israel's only outlet to the Red Sea. Pop: 43 500 (2003 est)
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a seaport at the N tip of the Gulf of Aqaba, in S Israel: resort. 19,600.
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It was used by the Egyptians against the Israelis, resulting in the sinking of the destroyer Eilath in 1967.
The navies of the Western nations were jolted in 1967 when Soviet-built SS-N-2A "Styx A" antiship missiles, fired by Egyptian patrol boats, sank the Israeli destroyed Eilath. This event, and the subsequent successful use of the Styx by India in 1971, triggered development of both western versions of antiship cruise missiles (ASCMs), and defensive systems to cope with this modern, unmanned version of the kamikaze.
In the more than 23 years since the sinking of the Eilath, the threat has matured in numerous ways, including the proliferation of later versions of the Styx as well as missile systems of other countries including France, China, Israel, Italy and the United States.