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Israel Casino Ships Ordered to Stop Activities

17 November 2003

ISRAEL -- As reported by the (Israel) Globe's: "Sources inform Globes that Israel Ports Authority director general Amos Ron yesterday ordered the Eilat Port to immediately halt all activities of the casino ships in the harbor. The casino ships are one of Eilat's main tourist attractions.

"Ron gave the order after the Ports Authority was unable to find any agreement for harbor pilots for the casino ships.

"…Until now, the Ports Authority had an arrangement to provide partial pilot services for the casino ships. The Ports Authority concluded it could not allocate manpower for this purpose and that the activities of the casino ships should therefore be suspended.

"…The ships operate around the clock, leaving every two hours to locations outside Israel's territorial waters…"

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