MIDDLE EAST: Innocent Voyage

A 16,500-ton U.S.-flag tanker, on Israel's charter and carrying a full cargo of Persian Gulf oil, sailed up the Gulf of Aqaba last week in a blinding sandstorm and anchored at the Israeli port of Elath. En route, in the Red Sea, a U.S. warship had spoken the tanker and asked it to identify itself. "When we said we were American and on our way to Elath," said the skipper, "the reply was, 'Good luck.' " As the tanker passed through the narrow and disputed Strait of Tiran, the captain ordered the flag dipped in salute to the UNEF...

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