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Socotra

(səkō`trə, sō–), island, 1,383 sq mi (3,582 sq km), S Yemen, at the mouth of the Gulf of Aden. The mountainous interior rises to c.5,000 ft (1,520 m). The island's inhabitants farm, fish, and herd; exports include dried fish, aloes, ghee, and pearls. Known to the ancient Greeks, Socotra shared the political fortunes of S Arabia, except for a brief Portuguese occupation in the early 1500s. The island was occupied by the East India Company in 1834, and in 1886 it became part of Britain's Aden protectorate and was used as a refueling station. In 1967, Socotra was joined to the newly formed nation of South Yemen, which merged with northern Yemen in 1990.

Socotra

 

(also Sokotra, Soqotra), a group of islands in the Indian Ocean, the largest of which is Socotra. The islands, located east of Cape Guardafui in Africa, belong to the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen. They cover an area of 3,600 sq km and are composed chiefly of crystalline rocks. The maximum elevation is 1,503 m, on the island of Socotra. The climate is tropical and dry. The average temperature is 21°C in January and 28°C in June. Annual precipitation is between 250 and 300 mm. The islands have semidesert vegetation, with groves of xerophytic trees in the east and in the mountainous regions. The population engages in the cultivation of date palms, the raising of sheep and goats, and fishing.

Socotra

, Sokotra, Suqutra
an island in the Indian Ocean, about 240 km (150 miles) off Cape Guardafui, Somalia: administratively part of Yemen. Capital: Tamrida. Area: 3100 sq. km (1200 sq. miles)
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Yemen's Minister of Fisheries, Fahd Kavieen, a Socotra native, sent an emergency request to the UN and neighboring Oman to "urgently intervene with emergency teams to save residents" on the island "which is now facing a cyclone stronger than Chapala.
The Royal Air Force of Oman flights, which started taking off on Tuesday morning, carried foodstuff and other materials to meet the basic needs of the residents of Socotra Island.
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The use of solar energy for rural electrification is growing in Socotra after communities awareness of the efficacy of renewable energy and its impact on families livelihood.
The course was organized by Biodiversity Program of the German International Development Cooperation (GIZ) in cooperation with the branch of the General Authority for Protecting environment and Fisheries in Socotra.
Socotra Island, Yemen: The magical Socotra Island is located off the coast of Yemen in the Indian Ocean.
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The piece of art is part of the Stuart Collection, which in a 1982 agreement uses the entire UCSD campus as a site for commissioned sculpture AT SEA A rare Socotra cormorant, which landed on the flight deck of the Royal Navy''''s helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious, briefly halting operations as the vessel was patrolling the Gulf as part of a major training exercise PHILIPPINES Commuters cross a damaged bridge at Cortes township, Bohol province yesterday.
com)-- This October 30th 2013, an intrepid team of Secret Compass adventurers will head to the Yemeni island of Socotra on a pioneering expedition to summit the island's highest peak, Mount Hajhir.
Earlier, one of the Yemeni media channels purportedly quoted two Yemeni sources -- one military and the other political -- as saying to it in an exclusive interview that the US Army Central Commander visited Yemen recently and that Americans requested to use a zone inside Yemen as a military supply base, pointing out that Yemen agreed to allow stationing of US military ships and barges in its territorial waters and that the Americans preferred Socotra Island.
Summary: In its endeavor to elevate the health and hygiene standards of the residents of Socotra, the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KBZF) has successfully completed two ambitious projects that aim at providing a better standard of living and promote a healthier lifestyle.
Citing the South Korean Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper said Beijing, after being pressed by Seoul to clarify its position on Socotra Rock, said it has no intention of laying claim to the rock, which is known as Ieodo in South Korea and as Suyan in China.