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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

08 April, 2020

Egypt bans gatherings ahead of Ramadan and Israel considers sending ventilators to Gaza in exchange for release of soldiers held by Hamas are some of your updates today,

Gulf states urged to unblock internet calls amid coronavirus

08 April, 2020

Human rights groups are calling on several Gulf countries to unblock popular calling apps like WhatsApp and Skype.

Gulf states urged to free activists, migrant workers

07 April, 2020

Human Rights Watch has raised concerns over the health of political prisoners and rights activists detained across the Gulf, as the region battles with the coronavirus.

After coronavirus, Oman's hoteliers vow to 'think differently'

03 April, 2020

As Oman's tourism industry matures and expectations evolve, global hotel brands might be less needed to attract visitors. Independent hotels could add to the Sultanate's mystique.

Oil drops below $20 barrel mark in 18-year low

30 March, 2020

US oil has dropped below $20 a barrel, impacted by the coronavirus crisis and over production.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: March 29

29 March, 2020

Syria and Qatar report their first coronavirus deaths, while Iranian authorities hunt for dozens of escaped prisoners in today's coronavirus roundup.

Qatar reports first virus death, GCC toll hits 11

28 March, 2020

A 57-year-old Bangladeshi national with chronic diseases became Qatar's first Covid-19 fatality.

Britain, US working with Saudis to repatriate citizens

28 March, 2020

Saudi Arabia is working with Britain and the US to fly citizens home.

Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns across the Middle East

27 March, 2020

As the novel coronavirus spread across the Middle East, several countries have closed their borders, grounded fights and imposed travel restrictions for both citizens and tourists.

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

26 March, 2020

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

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