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Egypt and Israel recommence route negotiations.

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Egypt and Israel recommenced discussions regarding the air route between Egypt and Gaza on 14 June when a team from the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority traveled to Israel.

The airport in Gaza is operated by the Palestinian Authority but is subject to Israeli security control.

Egypt wants to fly into Gaza on a route that passes 30 nautical miles north of the Egyptian town of el-Arish, while Israel wants aircraft to fly ten nautical miles north of el-Arish, which is located on the Mediterranean coast. This latter route forces aircraft to fly very close to the coast in order that they avoid Israel according to the Associated Press.

Israel has apparently indicated that its choice of route is based on security considerations.

Egypt and Israel will also discuss the possibility of increasing the number of flights between Tel Aviv and Cairo from four per week to eight.

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