Tunisia bans Emirates from landing in Tunis

Laura Christensen
December 25, 2017

Tunisia's transport ministry said in a statement that the Arab carrier would be suspended until it found a way to operate according to worldwide law and treaties.

Emirates Airlines announced on Sunday that it will stop its flights between Tunis and Dubai starting Monday, December 25.

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

"The Ministry of Transport has chose to suspend Emirates Airlines' flights to and from Tunisia until the company can find a suitable solution to operate its flights in accordance with worldwide laws and treaties", the ministry said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

"Here in the UAE, we are proud of our experience in empowering women, we appreciate Tunisian women, respect them and value their pioneering experience, and we see them as the protectors of safety".

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

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"When we arrived here, we found the situation really chaotic". The reason for this ban is that some Tunisian women were not allowed to board the flights of Emirates, thus causing this issue.

"I told them it was just a transit flight - they told me, 'No, don't step foot on the plane'".

"So the daughter and the mum stay in Tunisia but the husband and son can travel".

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.

The Emirates released a statement the same day that said the visas were restricted for the Tunisians.

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