UAE denies expelling Palestinian and Lebanese Shi’ite residents
Officials at the UAE Nationality and Residency Department in Dubai denied claims that hundreds of...
September 6, 2009 12:01 by kippreport
Officials at the UAE Nationality and Residency Department in Dubai denied claims that hundreds of Palestinian and 45 Lebanese Shi’ites have been forced to leave the Emirates, reports Reuters.
Hussam Ahmed, head of the Refugee Affairs Department in the Gaza Strip, and a senior Lebanese official, both said that their compatriots were deported for no apparent reason.
“(This is) an operation of mass displacement of Palestinians in the UAE, especially those of Gaza origins, without known reasons other than security pretexts,” Ahmed said in a statement issued in Gaza on Thursday, citing the UAE town of al-Ain.
Khairy al-Aridi, Palestinian ambassador to the UAE, confirmed that the UAE is replacing foreign professionals with UAE citizens as part of the government’s Emiratization program.