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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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The center also implemented its project to distribute gifts, toys, clothing and others in the Hadibu district of Socotra Island. The gifts were distributed among 80 families and included 210 orphans, IDPs and others in need.
Ties between the two sides have soured over a number of issues, including what the Yemenis view as Abu Dhabi's intention to occupy Yemen's strategic Socotra Island and gain dominance over the major waterways in the region.
[21/June/2019] SANAA June 21 (Saba) - The UNESCO National Committee on Thursday expressed strong disapproval to put Socotra Island in colonial conflict and ambitions aim of destroying it nature reserve and it lose it natural importance as one of the world's natural heritage sites listed on UNESCO's lists.
May 25: The Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) dispatches relief supplies to the people of the Yemeni Socotra Island which was hit by a fierce storm.
In its evening bulletin on Tuesday, the Indian Meteorological Department stated that Luban intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and lay centred at 1430 hrs IST (1pm Oman time) over the west central Arabian Sea, near Latitude 13.2AdegN and Longitude 60.0AdegE, about 760km east-southeast of Salalah and 660km east of Socotra Island. 'It is very likely to further intensify and move west-northwestwards towards Yemen and south Oman coasts during the next four days.'
The project comes in line with the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Crown Prince and the completion of the reconstruction and development projects being carried out by the Saudi Program for Reconstruction in Yemen, the most recent of which was King Salman Educational and Medical City in Al-Mahrah governorate and other projects in Socotra Island, Dahlia and Aden governorates and soon in all other Yemeni governorates.
In Yemen, head of the relief sector in the Kuwait relief Society Mahmoud Al-Misbah said that the Kuwaiti aid to Yemen falls within the framework of (Kuwait Besides You) campaign aimed at alleviating the suffering of the Yemeni people in Socotra island. In Turkey, Al-Najat Charity carried out a training programme for those working in the humanitarian field in Gaziantep City south west of Turkey.
Hadi seems to have been myopic and desperate as the UAE has occupied Socotra Island, despite the Yemeni government's presence there and without informing the Hadi government.
The Indian Nationals were stranded for nearly ten days after severe Cyclonic Storm - Mekenu devastated the area around Socotra Island. INS Sunayna was diverted from Gulf of Aden deployment to Socotra Island for search and rescue operations after Indian Navy received a distress call from Directorate General of Shipping and Indian Sailing Vessels Association.
People search among the wreckage of a boat destroyed by Cyclone Mekunu in Socotra Island, Yemen, May 25, 2018.
Socotra Island has since been declared a "Disaster Zone" by Yemen's High Commission.
According to AccuWeather, a tropical low will pass just east of Yemen's Socotra Island through Wednesday.