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The Arabs and the Jews have never got along. Since the rise of Zionism and Arab nationalism towards the end of the 19th century, the two groups have been involved in petty conflicts that have often led to serious consequences. But out of all the horrible things war entails, one of the best things to come out of the conflict in the Middle East is the story of the “Yellow Fleet”.

In 1967, Israel's relationship with Egypt turned sour over the closure of the Straits of Tiran, around the Sinai Peninsula, to Israeli vessels. Israel reacted by capturing the Sinai Peninsula and Egyptian forces retreated to the west. But as they did, Egypt blocked the Suez Canal behind them to prevent the enemy from using it.

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