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

Qatar blockade: ICJ due to rule on airspace rights dispute

The International Court of Justice is to issue its verdict on a dispute over Qatar airspace rights.

Qatar blockade: ICJ due to rule on airspace rights dispute

Middle East

Yemen: UAE-backed separatists take control of Socotra

UAE-backed southern separatists in Yemen seize control of the strategic Socotra island from the Saudi Arabian-backed government.

Yemen: UAE-backed separatists take control of Socotra

Middle East

US pushing Saudi Arabia, UAE to lift Qatar air blockade

It has been three years since an air, land and sea blockade was imposed on Qatar by Gulf countries Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, as well as Egypt.

US pushing Saudi Arabia, UAE to lift Qatar air blockade

Middle East

Qatar begins manufacturing ventilators amid coronavirus pandemic

Meet SAVR, Synchronous Automatic Ventilating Respirators, a ventilator manufactured in Doha. The machine is equipped with sensors to alert medical staff in case the lung functions of a coronavirus patient is deteriorating.

Qatar begins manufacturing ventilators amid coronavirus pandemic

Ramadan 2020

Ramadan begins: Holy month affected by global virus outbreak

As Muslims around the world begin to observe Ramadan by fasting the virus pandemic is altering religious traditions.

Ramadan begins: Holy month affected by global virus outbreak

Asia

Afghans brace for COVID-19 outbreak

Afghans have lived for decades through wars and now they are bracing for another challenge which threatens millions of people.

Afghans brace for COVID-19 outbreak

Middle East

Coronavirus: Middle East faces uncertainty amid armed conflicts

Regional governments have imposed restrictions, curfews or border closures, but the effectiveness is yet to be seen.

Coronavirus: Middle East faces uncertainty amid armed conflicts

Battle for Idlib

NATO urges Russia, Turkey to halt Idlib attacks

NATO has held an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in Idlib.

NATO urges Russia, Turkey to halt Idlib attacks

News

Syrian rebels fight to hold onto key northern town

Supported by Turkey, opposition forces went into Saraqeb overnight, reversing one of the main gains of the Syrian forces.

Syrian rebels fight to hold onto key northern town

Battle for Idlib

Syria's Idlib sees ghost towns as hundreds of thousands flee

At least one million are leaving the embattled province as hundreds of thousands are stranded on border with Turkey.

Syria's Idlib sees ghost towns as hundreds of thousands flee

Middle East

Syria's war: Doctors take precautions to protect hospitals

Doctors worry they will not be able to cope with the growing number of patients if medical facilities are bombed.

Syria's war: Doctors take precautions to protect hospitals

Middle East

Syria: 800,000 displaced face desperate conditions in camps

In past four days alone, more than 150,000 Syrians flee villages as government forces close in on rebel-held Idlib.

Syria: 800,000 displaced face desperate conditions in camps