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Location of Fagal
Fagal is located in Djibouti
Location in Djibouti
Coordinates: 12°27′N 43°17′E / 12.450°N 43.283°E / 12.450; 43.283Coordinates: 12°27′N 43°17′E / 12.450°N 43.283°E / 12.450; 43.283
Country  Djibouti
Region Obock
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
 • Summer (DST) EAT (UTC+3)

Fagal is a coastal village in eastern Djibouti.[1] It lies north of Obock.[2] It lies along the N15 road, connected to the Eritrean border at Rahayta to the north. The peninsula strip nearby is called the Ras Siyyan. Just to the south is Herkale Airport and the village of Khor `Angar.


The relative uplift rates[clarification needed] calculated at Fagal in the early 1980s were reportedly 24 at Fagal, 320 at Obock, 256 at Tadjoura, and 72 mm/103 yr at Djibouti City.[3]

During the last ice age, which affected water levels, it is believed that many people migrated across the Strait of Mandab of the Red Sea from the Fagal area to Yemen. Similarly it was a likely landing ground for many people arriving in the Horn of Africa from the Middle East. When many Jews were being persecuted in Jerusalem, they were forced eastward into the Jordan and the Yemen. However, many also migrated across the sea in small boats to the Horn region.[4] Jewish ancestry in some parts of the Horn can be traced to this migration.[5]

In 2010, Dominican Republican swimmer Marcos Diaz swam from Perim Island in Mayyun, Yemen to the coast of Fagal as part of a mission to swim across the continents between May and August 2010 with four major swims, touching eight countries.[6] His first swim was from Oceania to Asia, swimming from Wutung in Papua New Guinea to Mabo in Jayapura, Indonesia, the second from Mayyun to Fagal, the third from Marruecos, Morocco to Tarifa, Spain across the Strait of Gibraltar, and the fourth from Big Diomedes Island in Russia to Little Diomedes Island in Alaska.[6]


  1. ^ National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. GeoNames database entry. (search) Accessed 29 May 2011.
  2. ^ Société géologique de France (1980). Bulletin de la Société géologique de France. La Société. p. 960. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Chemical abstracts. American Chemical Society. 12 October 1981. p. 213. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Parfitt T (February 2008). The Lost Ark of the Covenant: Solving the 2,500 Year Old Mystery of the Fabled Biblical Ark. 
  5. ^ Thomas MG, Parfitt T, Weiss DA, et al. (February 2000). "Y chromosomes traveling south: the cohen modal haplotype and the origins of the Lemba--the "Black Jews of Southern Africa"". Am. J. Hum. Genet. 66 (2): 674–86. doi:10.1086/302749. PMC 1288118. PMID 10677325. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Marcos Diaz's Unique Visuals and Vision". Daily News of Open Water Swimming. February 23, 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2011.