UAE Denies Entry to Female Tunisians

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"We have met with our brothers in Tunisia about security information that has imposed specific and circumstantial measures", he said. "They [Emirates Airlines staff] told me that a Tunisian woman under the age of 30, with a Tunisian passport, can't get on the Emirates flight", she said.

CONTROVERSIAL security measures taken by the United Arab Emirates against Tunisian women trying to travel to the Gulf state were prompted by fears of a terrorist attack, Tunisia said today.

In a statement, Tunisia's transport ministry on its Facebook page said that it "has made a decision to suspend flights of Emirates Airlines to and from Tunisia until the company can find a suitable solution to operate its flights in accordance with worldwide laws and treaties".

Emirates Airlines said on Twitter that it will "stop services between Tunis and Dubai, as instructed by the Tunisian authorities".

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

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"We highly value Tunisian women and respect them", he added.

"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.

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

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

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