September 19, 1993 |
The Jeeps dropped us off at a sandy patch in the valley called Abu Sila on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, about three hours from Israel's Red Sea resort city of Eilat. Meaning "father of the flash flood," Abu Sila has little significance in early December, before the winter's rainy season has set in. Still, a chill edged its way through the sun-soaked Sinai as the Jeeps headed left and we headed right. Into the desert.
November 5, 2006 |
SUNRISE is spectacular public theater on Mt. Sinai. Hours before dawn, tourists and pilgrims -- on foot or camel -- start a trek to the 7,349-foot peak, determined to get there before the show begins. When the sun finally makes its appearance, the audience at the pinnacle breaks into applause or bursts into song. Oohs and ahs accompany the second act, when light transforms the sky into an ethereal, golden hemisphere and the land far below into a craggy moonscape.
February 1, 1994 |
The peaked sands that fed and bewitched the children of Israel over 40 years of biblical history roll out to the end of the sky, and in their midst, clinging to a tenuous life, have sprung these few acres of new-sprouted olives, vegetables and tiny brick houses, battered by a chilly desert wind.
August 18, 2011 |
Gunmen near the southern Israeli resort town of Eilat launched a coordinated attack Thursday against three civilian and military targets, killing at least five people and wounding 20 more, Israeli military officials said. The attacks shattered a period of relative calm along the Israel's border with Egypt and heightened concerns about growing instability and lawlessness in the Sinai desert region. In one incident, gunmen in a car opened fire on a public bus as it drove south from Beersheva to Eilat on a highway near the Israel-Egypt border, injuring nine passengers.
April 13, 2001 |
It's one of the greatest stories ever told: A baby is found in a basket adrift in the Egyptian Nile and is adopted into the pharaoh's household. He grows up as Moses, rediscovers his roots and leads his enslaved Israelite brethren to freedom after God sends down 10 plagues against Egypt and parts the Red Sea to allow them to escape. They wander for 40 years in the wilderness and, under the leadership of Joshua, conquer the land of Canaan to enter their promised land.
December 16, 1987 |
An earthquake registering 4.5 on the Richter scale struck Cairo, the Sinai desert and Ismailia on the Suez Canal on Tuesday, Egyptian officials said. There were no reports of casualties or damage.