Tunisia Bans UAE Emirates Airline From Landing In Tunis

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The Tunisian transport ministry said it has suspended Emirates flights to Tunis until the airline finds the appropriate solution to operate flights "in accordance with global law and agreements".

"All Tunisian female nationals are denied entry to the UAE, this also applies to customer transferring Dubai for onward flight", the leaked email said, without clarifying the reason behind the decision.

United Arab Emirates-based private airline Emirates has been banned from landing in Tunisia over violation of "international law and treaties".

"We have met with our brothers in Tunisia about security information that has imposed specific and circumstantial measures", he said.

Different media reports say that female Tunisians were also banned from boarding flights transiting through UAE airports.




But Tunisian official Garrach insisted that while his country could understand the UAE's concerns, it cannot "accept the way Tunisian women have been treated".

Since Friday, Tunisian women and girls have been delayed for hours as they look to board flights to the UAE, sparking outcry in the North African nation. He added: "The Tunisian woman has exposed their failings once again; suddenly many of them have become dumb and abandoned their pens, while human rights activists have suddenly disappeared".

Emirates advised affected passengers to contact their travel agent or booking office for assistance rebooking flights following the ban on December 25.

Subsequently Tunisian civil organisations and political parties called on the government to take action.

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