Southern Red Sea Region

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Southern Red Sea Zone
Zoba Debubawi Keyih Bahri
Southern Red Sea Region in Eritrea
Southern Red Sea Region in Eritrea
Country Eritrea
Capital Asseb
 • Administrator Tsegereda Woldegergish
 • Total 27,600 km2 (10,700 sq mi)
 • Total 398,073
 • Density 14/km2 (37/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code ER-DK

The Southern Red Sea Region is a region of Eritrea. It lies along the southern half of the Red Sea, and contains the coastal city of Asseb. It borders the Northern Red Sea Region, and has an area of around 27,600 km2 (10,700 sq mi).

Location and climate[edit]

The Southern Red Sea Region extends over 500 km (310 mi) along Red Sea coast but is only around 50 km (31 mi) wide. Forming the major part of the Danakil Desert, its major towns include Asseb, Beilul, Rahaita and T'i'o. The highest point in this region is Mount Ramlu (2,248 metres (7,375 ft)).

It is generally considered as one of the hottest, driest and most inhospitable areas on Earth, except along the coast.


The region also includes the following districts:


Wildlife such as Hamadryas baboons, Soemmerring's gazelle, Dorcas gazelle, warthog, black-backed jackal, Ruppells sandfox, dikdik, golden jackal, hyena, Abyssinian hare, wild ass and ostriches are found in this region. African wild dog was also found in this region, but their present condition is unknown. There have been reports of cheetah occurring in this region, but there has been no evidence of their presence. It is extremely likely that both cheetah and wild dog are extinct in Eritrea.


Coordinates: 13°45′N 41°30′E / 13.750°N 41.500°E / 13.750; 41.500