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Siyal Islands

Siyal Islands
Disputed island
Native name:
Jazā’ir Siyāl
LocationRed Sea
Coordinates22°47′25″N 36°12′48″E / 22.790156°N 36.213313°E / 22.790156; 36.213313
Total islands3
Major islandsSiyal El Kabir (largest), two others (unnamed)[1]
Area2 km2 (0.77 sq mi)[2]
Highest elevation2.4 m (7.9 ft)[1]
Highest pointunnamed point
GovernorateRed Sea
Claimed by
StateRed Sea
Populationno permanent population
Ethnic groupsHuteimi[1]

The Siyal Islands are a group of islands off the coast of northeastern Africa, located in the Red Sea. The islands are located in the Halaib Triangle, which is claimed by both Sudan and Egypt, as part of an ongoing border dispute. Since the 1990s, the islands have been occupied by Egypt, and so the islands are de facto administered by Egypt. They remain, however, to be claimed by Sudan.

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The islands are part of the Elba Protected Area of Egypt, and are home to the white-eyed gull, with an estimated seventy individuals at the maximum, as well as several ospreys. The islands are surrounded by rocks and coral, and have a sandy surface with scant marine vegetation. The local fishermen, descendants of the Huteimi peoples identified by J. R. Wellsted, harvest turtle and bird eggs from the surrounding area.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c Great Britain. Hydrographic Dept. "The Red Sea and Gulf of Aden pilot". The Office, 1900. p. 130.
  2. ^ a b "Birdlife Data Zone". Retrieved 2015-01-05.
  3. ^ Littell, E.; Littell, R.S. (1896). Littell's Living Age. Vol. 211. T. H. Carter & Company. p. 524. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
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