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Jasiirada Samhah
Disputed island
Native name: سمحة
Samhah ISS006.jpg
Photograph by NASA astronauts
Map of the Socotra archipelago; Samha at center left
Map of the Socotra archipelago; Samha at center left
CoordinatesCoordinates: 12°09′N 53°03′E / 12.150°N 53.050°E / 12.150; 53.050
ArchipelagoSocotra Archipelago
Area40 square km
Length12 km
Width6.8 km
Administered by
GovernorateSocotra Governorate
Claimed by

Samhah or Samha (Arabic: سمحة‎) is an inhabited island in the Guardafui Channel. A part of the Socotra archipelago, it is located between the island of Socotra and Somalia.[1] Like the whole group, it belongs to Yemen, and is part of Socotra Governorate. There is a dispute between Yemen and Somalia's government over the island's sovereignty.[2]


It measures 40 square kilometres (15 square miles) in area, making it the smallest of the three inhabited islands of the group, after the main island of Socotra and Abd al Kuri. The population of some 100 lives in a village on the western part of the north coast. Samhah and neighboring Darsah (17 km (11 mi) to the east) are collectively known as "Al Akhawain" (Arabic: الأخوين‎) which means "The Brothers". The island of Samhah measures 12 kilometres (7 miles) in length and 6.8 kilometres (4.2 miles) in width.


  1. ^ McLaughlin, Daniel (February 2008). Yemen. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 221. ISBN 9781841622125.
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