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An island of Yemen in the Indian Ocean at the mouth of the Gulf of Aden. Known to the ancient Greeks, it came under British protection in 1886 and joined South Yemen (now Yemen) in 1967.
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(səˈkəʊtrə) ,




(Placename) an island in the Indian Ocean, about 240 km (150 miles) off Cape Guardafui, Somalia: administratively part of Yemen. Capital: Hadiboh (Tamrida). Area: 3100 sq km (1200 sq miles)
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or So•ko•tra

(soʊˈkoʊ trə, ˈsɒk ə trə)

an island of the Republic of Yemen in the Indian Ocean, S of Arabia: 1382 sq. mi. (3579 sq. km).
So•co′tran, n., adj.
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ABU DHABI, 24th August, 2019 (WAM) -- The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, SCMC, has announced the launch of a campaign to collect school supplies and stationery for Yemeni children in Socotra.
The distribution of Eid clothing, toys and gifts benefited 80 families and 210 children and orphans, displaced people and the needy in Hadibu district, Socotra, in order to bring joy and happiness to them during the days of Eid al-Adh-ha.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reportedly deployed dozens of Southern separatists on the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea as divisions grow in the Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen over Abu Dhabi's military build-up on the strategic island.
Summary: UAE has previously denied accusations that it is seeking control of Socotra
It was not the first time the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which is based in the southern port of Aden, has complained about UAE troop moves on Socotra.
Earlier this year, the Emirates even felt confident enough to attempt the colonization of Socotra, the Yemeni island renowned for its ecological diversity, which the Yemeni government, though dependent on Emirati and Saudi support, protested.
Nationwide Invests in Core Systems Insurtech Start-Up Socotra
Al-Jaber said that SRPY had carried out a number of electricity and development projects on Socotra Island, and that a project to reconstruct the road linking Aden and Sanaa is close to completion and vehicles have begun using parts of it.
'Kuwait by Your Side' campaign covers needs of Yemeni Socotra Island KUWAIT, July 21 (KUNA) -- Head of Kuwait Human Relief Society (HRS) Mahmoud Al-Mesbah affirmed on Saturday the society's support of the "Kuwait by Your Side" campaign in Socotra Island, Yemen.
The site is thought to house the world's biggest collection of Socotra cormorants, but a significant decline in their number has raised fears that they could eventually disappear altogether if no action is taken.
Shaikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, received in his office at the Ministry's General Court the Governor of the Socotra Archipelago in the Republic of Yemen, Ramzi Mahrous, Assistant Governor for Environment and Development Affairs, Abduljameel Abdulla, and Head of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), Abdul Qader Faraz.
Summary: Dr Weber served at the Sheikh Khalifa Hospital in Yemen's Socotra archipelago.