Hashem Ahelbarra

Hashem Ahelbarra

"Hashem Ahelbarra is a roving Middle East correspondent for Al Jazeera English. He regularly reports from Afghanistan, Yemen and across the Gulf region.

Hashem has covered many of the biggest international news stories in recent years and secured exclusive interviews with many of the major names in world news, including late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Afghan president Hamid Karzai and former Liberian president Charles Taylor."

Middle East

'I miss family gatherings': Syrians observe Ramadan in camps

Most Syrian refugee families tell the same story; eviction, loss and anxiety over an uncertain future. During the holy month, their yearning to return to their homes and families is stronger than ever.

'I miss family gatherings': Syrians observe Ramadan in camps

Middle East

Lebanon parliamentary elections 2018: last day of campaigning

As Lebanon's parliamentary campaigns enter their final sprint, the country remains divided along sectarian lines, lines exploited and reinforced by competing regional powers.

Lebanon parliamentary elections 2018: last day of campaigning

Middle East

Syria: Qalamoun fighters arrive in Aleppo after evacuation deal

The fighters had to leave behind their heavy weapons and armoured vehicles.

Syria: Qalamoun fighters arrive in Aleppo after evacuation deal

Middle East

Yemen war escalates with no end in sight

Over the last weeks, separatists in the south have attacked and occupied government buildings and the UN envoy to the country has resigned after failing to bring the various factions together.

Yemen war escalates with no end in sight

Africa

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to meet for Nile dam talks

Dispute threatens to undermine unity at the African Union's annual gathering in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to meet for Nile dam talks

Tunisia

Tunisia's economy: Tourism slumps as PM seeks to calm protests

Political protests in Tunisia are disrupting the hospitality industry, the latest in a series of blows to tourism in the country.

Tunisia's economy: Tourism slumps as PM seeks to calm protests

Qatar

Kuwait emir warns over prolonged Qatar-GCC crisis

Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al Sabah warned of greater regional instability if the dispute between Doha and the other Arab countries is not settled.

Kuwait emir warns over prolonged Qatar-GCC crisis

Journalism under fire

World's most dangerous place for press: Covering the war in Syria

Syria is the world's most dangerous country for journalists. More than 200 media personnel have been killed since the start of the war, six years ago.

World's most dangerous place for press: Covering the war in Syria

Middle East

Assad's siege of Syria's Eastern Ghouta an 'outrage' - UN

The UN has described the Syrian government's siege of Eastern Ghouta an "outrage" and has asked for an immediate lifting of the siege so that aid can reach the civilians. The isolated population is dying from bombing, hunger and cold weather.

Assad's siege of Syria's Eastern Ghouta an 'outrage' - UN

War & Conflict

Syrian opposition seeks rebel unity to rebuild army

The Syrian opposition wants the three main rebel factions in northern Syria to reunite as one army.

Syrian opposition seeks rebel unity to rebuild army

Syria's War

Russia blocks UN probe into Syria chemical weapons

It has left many affected by the Khan Sheikhoun attack, in which about 80 people were killed and more than 500 injured in Idlib province, feeling abandoned by the world.

Russia blocks UN probe into Syria chemical weapons

War & Conflict

Syrian children's hunger crisis worsens, aid groups blocked

Doctors in war-torn Syria say more and more children are dying of hunger in areas besieged by government forces. The crisis is particularly severe in eastern Ghouta, a region on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus.

Syrian children's hunger crisis worsens, aid groups blocked