Tunisia Suspends Emirates Flights Over Women Security Measures

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

On Friday the Tunisian government said it had asked the UAE ambassador to clarify what was happening and had been told that the measures had been temporary and had already been lifted.

"We consider this unjustified and surprising decision an infringement on Tunisia's reputation and for explicitly on Tunisian women", Daimi said.

Speaking to Mosaique FM, a local Tunisian radio station, one of the women described her experience at the Tunis-Carthage International Airport on Friday. They called on the Tunisian authorities to take diplomatic measures to reverse the UAE decision, which they described as "thoughtless" and against all diplomatic norms and procedures of worldwide transport.

"We should avoid misleading attempts at misinterpretation and misrepresentation", Dr Gargash said.

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The United Arab Emirates said Sunday that "security information" had caused the delays on Tunisian women from boarding flights to the Gulf state. A protest was scheduled outside the UAE's embassy in Tunis later in the day.

UAE officials confirmed the decision, which will last "until further notice".

He did not provide any details about the reason behind the restriction.

The information indicates that with jihadists returning from Syria and Iraq, there is "a possibility of a terrorist attack involving either Tunisian women or women carrying a Tunisian passport", Garrach said, suggesting that they could be using false identities.

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