Israel and Egypt signed agreements handing sovereignty over the Taba beach strip to Egypt, ending the seven-year-old dispute over the 765-yard border strip on the Gulf of Aqaba. Under the agreements, Israel will withdraw March 15, Israel Television said. The live television broadcast showed Israeli and Egyptian officials signing four agreements, the last of which re-draws the Israeli-Egyptian border to include Taba inside Egypt. The other agreements cover compensation by Egypt for an Israeli luxury hotel and beach resort in Taba, the continuation of Israeli services, including electricity and water, to the area and terms for Israeli access to the resort.
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