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The Strait of Sicily is the strait between Sicily and Tunisiamarker. It is about 100 miles (160 km) wide and divides the Tyrrhenian Seamarker and the western Mediterranean Seamarker from the eastern Mediterranean. Deep currents in the strait flow from east to west, and the current nearer the surface travels in the opposite direction. The unusual water flow is of interest to oceanographers.

The island of Pantelleriamarker lies in the middle of the strait. Its maximum depth is .

The strait has no universally accepted name in English; other common names include Sicilian Strait, Sicilian Channel, Channel of Sicily, Sicilian Narrows and Pantelleria Channel. In Italian it is known as the Canale di Sicilia or the Stretto di Sicilia. In Sicilian: Canali di Sicilia or Strittu di Sicilia.

In French, it is usually referred to as the Cap Bon Channel or Kélibia Channel. Kelibiamarker (in Arabic, قليبية) is the region in Tunisia on the southern tip of the strait.


  1. Strait of Sicily, Britannica Atlas, Encyclopædia Britannica, Chicago (U.S.A.), 1989. Page 36, Geographic coordinates 37.20N 11.20E.
  2. Scott C. Truver (1980), The Strait of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean, Springer, 1st edition.

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