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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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The homegardens of Soqotra island, Yemen: an example of agroforestry approach to multiple land-use in an isolated location.
Not many people who have heard about the enchanting island of Soqotra in the Indian Ocean realize that life there becomes intolerable for four months every year during the windy season from June to September.
Many of the residents in Qadheb district on Soqotra Island may not have a clear recollection of what happened on a winter Wednesday in the seventies.
Clark will spend some of her time in Sana'a City, and her trip includes two field visits, one to Soqotra Island and the second to Thula town outside Sana'a.
Visit the isolated island of Soqotra, and you will be exploring the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean.
Al-Dhaheri will inspect the ADFD-funded projects in the country, especially those in the Soqotra archipelago.
SOQOTRA Two suspected Somali pirates arrested in Soqotra The coastguard arrested two suspected Somali pirates on their boat in the Soqotra archipelago, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.
In January this year it was reported that the Yemeni government was to let the US build a base near or on Soqotra.
The island of Soqotra, for example, is a place where rare plants such as the dragon blood and aloe trees can be found.
Bona, whose organization operates in camps all over the country including, the far-off island of Soqotra.
This year alone the foundation has helped Yemenis at surgery camps in Aden and Soqotra, not only by performing surgeries but by training Yemeni and expat doctors too.
In Soqotra, a weeklong aesthetic and reconstructive camp was held at the Hadibo hospital.