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Aya Batrawy

International Correspondent, Dubai, UAE

Aya Batrawy is an NPR International Correspondent. She leads NPR's Gulf bureau in Dubai.

She joined NPR in 2022 from the Associated Press, where she was an editor and reporter for over 11 years. She covered the Arab Spring uprisings from Cairo, the rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood and the ensuing turmoil that ricocheted across the region.

Batrawy moved to Dubai in 2013 with AP, where she reported on tensions with Iran and the emergence of Gulf Arab states as the region's new powerbrokers. She also led coverage on Islam's hajj pilgrimage from Mecca and examined efforts by Gulf oil producers to diversify their economies away from fossil fuels in a world grappling with climate change.

The weight of her coverage has also centered on the rise of Saudi Arabia's crown prince — his attempts at transforming the kingdom and centralizing power.

Batrawy's love of broadcast news began at the University of South Florida. As an undergraduate, she volunteered at WMNF community station and the local NPR Member station in Tampa Bay, where she grew up. After two years in Washington as a journalist and a master's from London's SOAS, she moved to Cairo and produced for NPR's Peter Kenyon and Deborah Amos, crisscrossing North Sinai in memorable adventures with both. She taught journalism at the American University in Cairo and freelanced for Voice of America, Pacifica Radio and PRI's The World.

When not listening to podcasts, she's trying to drink her coffee while it's still hot, make it to barre class on time and keep up with royal news.

Story Archive

Saturday

The damaged area around the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on April 1, 2024. Omar El Qattaa for NPR hide caption

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Here's what we found after Israel's raid on Al-Shifa, Gaza's biggest hospital

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Wednesday

Israel's raid on Gaza's Al-Shifa hospital foreshadows risks of Rafah assault

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Tuesday

Survivors recount horrors of Israeli siege on Gaza's Al-Shifa hospital

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Friday

Blinken is in Israel aiming to negotiate a temporary cease-fire

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Wednesday

A man carries a cardboard box of food aid provided by nonprofit organization World Central Kitchen in Rafah, in southern Gaza, on March 17, amid the conflict between Israel and the militant group Hamas. Mohammed Abed/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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People in Gaza are starving to death. 5 things to know about efforts to feed them

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Tuesday

Famine is imminent in northern Gaza, experts examining food insecurity say

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Friday

A very different Ramadan in Gaza

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Monday

With no cease-fire in Gaza, U.S. goes around Israeli roadblocks to get more aid in

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Thursday

Palestinians pray over bodies of people killed in an Israeli bombardment, brought from the Shifa hospital, before burying them in a mass grave in the town of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Nov. 22. Mohammed Dahman/AP hide caption

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Gaza's death toll now exceeds 30,000. Here's why it's an incomplete count

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The death toll in Gaza hits a grim new milestone

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Monday

Without enough aid reaching Gaza, a young Palestinian baby dies of hunger

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This Feb. 18 satellite photo shows displaced Palestinians crammed into southern Gaza on the right. Israel is threatening to attack the border town of Rafah, where more than 1 million Palestinians are now living. On the left is the vast, empty expanse of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Egypt says it won't allow Palestinians into Egypt because it fears they might not be allowed back into Gaza. Planet Labs PBC hide caption

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Why Egypt won't allow vulnerable Palestinians across its border

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Friday

The war in Gaza may be approaching a new phase

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Israeli soldiers sit on an artillery unit near the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, in Netivot, Israel, Oct. 22. Amir Levy/Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

A crisis is underway as the Egyptian border is flooded with fleeing Palestinian refugees

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Tuesday

Egypt builds a buffer zone in anticipation of a Palestinian refugee spillover

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Monday

6-year-old Gaza girl was found dead days after pleading for rescue from Israeli fire

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Friday

The Phone Line Connecting Gazans to West Bank First Responders

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Egypt and Israel's ties are being tested by the war in Gaza and border security

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Wednesday

From the occupied West Bank, an emergency hotline assists rescue efforts in Gaza

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Thursday

A beautician in Gaza was about to open her dream salon. The war destroyed it

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Monday

A Palestinian-American family finds itself amid a spike of violence in the West Bank

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Friday

Protesters at a rare anti-war rally in Tel Aviv Thursday. The crowd was made up of people of all ages, many belonging to groups that have long called for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories. Ayman Oghanna for NPR hide caption

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Israeli protesters demand Gaza cease-fire in rare anti-war march through Tel Aviv

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