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SS7G5 Middle East

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Strait of Hormuz Much of the world's oil supply is shipped through this narrow waterway. Connects the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea.
Euphrates River One of the twin rivers that starts in Turkey and flows into the Persian Gulf. It's the longest and carries the most water. It is the most sought after source of water between Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. It is considered the birthplace of civilization .
Tigris River The other twin river. North of Euphrates. Begins in Turkey. Runs through Syria and Iraq. It too is part of the cradle of ancient Middle Eastern civilization.
Jordan River Flows down from Lebanon, Syria and past Israel (their key water source) to the Sea of Galilee, and eventually to the Dead Sea.
Red Sea Body of water between northeast Africa And Asia.
Suez Canal Man made structure that connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. This shortcut prevents ships from having to go around the coast of Africa to reach the Middle east.
Persian Gulf AKA The Arabian Gulf. Massive oil reserves are found here. Major shipping route for oil out of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and other countries along its shores.
Arabian Sea Located South of Saudi Arabia. Part of a trade route between India and Europe for centuries.
Gaza Strip Along the southern coast of Israel. A source of dispute between between Israel and its neighbors for many years.
West Bank Land set aside in Israel for the Arabs; located in the eastern portion of Israel.
Israel small nation created by the United Nations; located west of Jordan.
Middle East Often called "The Crossroads of the World." At the intersection of 3 continents: Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Iraq Country west of Iran. The Tigris and Euphrates flow through it.
Iran Country that is west of Afghanistan.
Saudi Arabia Largest country on the Arabian peninsula.
Turkey Located northwest of Iraq.
Kuwait Independent Arab state in East Arabia; At the top of the Persian Gulf between Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
Syria Country between Iraq and Lebanon and also borders the West Bank.
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