Here's why Tunisia has banned Middle East's largest airline in the country

Emirates also made an announcement on Sunday, saying that it would halt all its Dubai-Tunis connection flights starting on December 25.

Here's why Tunisia has banned Middle East's largest airline in the country

Tunisia on Sunday imposed a temporary ban on Dubai-based Emirates Airlines from operating its flights to and from the country after the airline reportedly stopped some Tunisian women from boarding the flights from Friday last week.

Tunisia's Ministry of Transport made an announcement stating the ban on the Middle East's largest carrier and said that the ban would stay in place until the officials of the airlines can "find a situation to operate its flights in accordance with international laws and treaties," according to reports.

While Emirates also made an announcement on Sunday, saying that it would halt all its Dubai-Tunis connection flights starting on December 25. The airlines stated that it was following the instructions given by officials in Tunisia.

An Emirates Airbus A380 lands at the Barcelona - El Prat Airport. (Getty Images)

The Tunisian president's spokesperson, Saida Garrach, said that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) security officials last Friday imposed a ban on women traveling with Tunisia passports after they received reports that some Tunisian women were planning terrorist attacks. Grarrach made the statement during an interview with Shems FM Radio, according to the Associated Press reports. 



The spokesperson said that the ban imposed on Tunisian women in UAE was illegal. She added that although the country's officials understood UAE's security concerns, the ban was imposed without providing any notification to the authorities in Tunisia.



 



UAE's ban on Tunisian women also stirred a protest on social media, where users said that the decision taken by the Middle East authorities was discriminatory. Many critics also condemned the move.

A General view of the Airbus A380 before the HSV team hands over the A380 to the Emirates airline. (Getty Images)

The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash on Monday posted a tweet, stating that the decision was taken by the authorities because of security concerns and was circumstantial. The minister also said that the UAE "appreciates and respects" Tunisian women. 





While Tunisia's Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui also said that the authorities in both the countries would like to come up with a solution to the current problem. The minister, however, added that Tunisia demands a public apology from the UAE for not notifying them about the ban, according to Al Jazeera reports.

The ban on Tunisian women has sparked an outrage on social media (Getty Images)

“We have a lot of common interests that we could like to safeguard, but we are also safeguarding our women's dignity,” Kinaoui in an interview said. 



Critics of the move also started a hashtag on Twitter called #NowomenNofly. Many users on social media took to Twitter to express their views against the Emirati decision and wrote in support of the Tunisian government's move. 



 



 

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