Tunisia bans UAE Emirates Airline

The transport ministry said it had "decided to suspend" Emirates flights to Tunis "until the airline is able to find the appropriate solution to operate its flights in accordance with worldwide law and agreements".

Last night, Emirates said it was suspending its flights to Tunisia indefinitely shortly after the Tunis government said it had banned UAE carriers.

Two days before, Tunisian government officials said the UAE banned Tunisian women from flying to or transiting through its territory.

In response, Zeabi reportedly said the measure was "temporary and relating to security arrangements".

Emirates confirmed in a tweet that it would stop flights between Dubai and Tunis today (Monday) until further notice, without giving a reason.

More than 8000 Tunisians are suspected to have fought with ISIL, hundreds of women among them.

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UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash, said on Twitter, "We met with our brothers in Tunisia about security procedures that have been imposed".

"When we arrived here, we found the situation really chaotic".

In Tunisia anger has been building after women said they had been banned at Tunis airport from boarding Emirates flights to Dubai.

Another female would-be passenger said men and male children were allowed to board flights - but not women under 30.

Sources suggest that there were intelligence reports regarding young Tunisian women (under the age of 30) who had returned from Syria or Iraq having been fighting with Daesh and were targeting aviation.

In a statement on Friday, Tunisia's Ministry of Transport said that such actions are "illegal" and "contradictory to the regulations in force in worldwide civil aviation".


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