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The Middle East's most vulnerable refugees, trapped in camps across the region, await the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic while already living in poor sanitary conditions.

In patriarchal societies, women who suffer from domestic abuse will be left even more vulnerable in the face of lockdowns.

Fear spreads faster than infection at Rohingya refugee camps

Anu Shukla

Fear spreads faster than infection at Rohingya refugee camps

The Bangladeshi government's ban on internet access for Rohingya refugees is causing panic and misinformation to spread faster than the coronavirus itself.

The fight for LGBT rights in Iraq's revolution

Azhar Al-Rubaie

The fight for LGBT rights in Iraq's revolution

LGBT Iraqis are fighting for their rights on the frontline of the country's protest movement.

Yemen in Focus: Houthis' Riyadh attack a 'bargaining chip'

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: Houthis' Riyadh attack a 'bargaining chip'

This week we focus on recent escalations between the Houthis and Saudi Arabia, ...

What the coronavirus outbreak means for Palestinian refugees

Yara Hawari

What the coronavirus outbreak means for Palestinian refugees

Palestinian refugees are among some of the most vulnerable in the Middle East to the coronavirus pandemic.

The New Arab

Iraq still in chaos 17 years after US invasion

The US invasion in 2003, which promised liberty and democracy, led to the deaths of millions of Iraqis, destroyed much of the country's infrastructure, and established an unstable political system.

Asmaa Tayeh

Panic grips caged Gaza Strip after first coronavirus cases

Fears mount that Gaza's fragile health system, which has been decimated by Israel's blockade, will struggle to contain the coronavirus in one of the world's most densely populated territories.

Saudi Arabia's oil war could spell disaster for Iraq

Paul Iddon

Saudi Arabia's oil war could spell disaster for Iraq

Saudi Arabia's decision to flood the oil market could do great harm to Iraq's economy, at a time when the country is already grappling with ...

Coronavirus could kill 100,000 Syrians in Idlib's refugee camps

Paul McLoughlin

Coronavirus could kill 100,000 Syrians in Idlib's refugee camps

Lacking hygiene products and medical care, the refugee camps of northwestern Syria could witness the most tragic scenes of the coronavirus ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Activists allege a coronavirus cover-up by regime

Regime areas of Syria look set to be hit hard by the coronavirus crisis.

Yemen in Focus: 'Catastrophic abuses' five years into war

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: 'Catastrophic abuses' five years into war

This week we focus on Yemen's current humanitarian crisis as the country marks the fifth anniversary of the controversial Saudi-led intervention.

Anthony Harwood

Exclusive: Loujain al-Hathloul's sister speaks out after trial postponed

The trial of Loujain al-Hathloul has been postponed indefinitely by the coronavirus outbreak. Her sister, speaking exclusively to The New Arab, says Saudi authorities are trying to 'break her'.

Aamir Ali Bhat

Emerging from brutal Indian clampdown, Kashmir braces for coronavirus

Kashmir is bracing for disastrous consequences if the Covid-19 pandemic spreads, with residents in the disputed territory having just experienced a brutal six-month military lockdown by India.

Cause for optimism as Tunisia plans first Jewish museum

Aidan Chivers

Cause for optimism as Tunisia plans first Jewish museum

A new Jewish museum in Tunisia seeks to promote the country's rich and plural ...

No, radical Islam has not taken root in Bosnia

Alia Alex Čizmić and Ricard Gonzalez

No, radical Islam has not taken root in Bosnia

Islam adopted a more prominent role within Bosnian society after the country's bloody civil war, but radical interpretations have never taken root.

Alicia Medina

Lawyers in Lebanon fight back against torture and impunity

Torture in Lebanese detention centres remains a widespread practice carried out with impunity. One group of lawyers, however, is fighting against the system for accountability.

Rauf Mammadov

Oil price war: Why Russia left the OPEC+ regime

Some experts believe Russia decided to ratchet up its oil output to finish off the US shale industry. But is there more to it?

Syrian academics displaced by war struggle to rebuild careers

Charlie Faulkner

Syrian academics displaced by war struggle to rebuild careers

Displaced Syrian academics are struggling to continue their careers after being forcibly uprooted by war, with many separated from their ...

Coronavirus under occupation: Why Palestine's situation is unique

Diana Alghoul

Coronavirus under occupation: Why Palestine's situation is unique

Palestinians are in a unique situation as the coronavirus spreads, facing not only a pandemic but also military occupation, a siege and ...

Mohammed Harun Arsalai, Arash Yousufi and Qusay Noor

Refugees robbed, assaulted trying to cross Greek border

The New Arab travelled with Syrian refugees from Istanbul to the Greek border, where thousands are now trapped.

Gulf states spend big to buffer coronavirus crisis

The New Arab

Gulf states spend big to buffer coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus pandemic looks set to cost the Gulf states billions, just as the region looks to move into a post-oil future.

Nicholas Frakes

Lebanon's medical students on the frontline in fighting coronavirus

Medical students are taking part in the effort to care for patients tested positive for COVID-19 at the Rafik Hariri University Hospital.

Syed Fazl-e-Haider

China's Belt and Road initiative affected by coronavirus

The outbreak of coronavirus has affected a number of projects under China's BRI in a number of host countries, including Pakistan, Tajikistan and Bangladesh.