Tunisia bans Emirates flights after women denied entry

While the UAE said that "security information" had caused the original delays, and that the temporary ban had already been lifted, Tunisia's transport ministry said that the landing-ban would stay in place until the UAE was able to "operate flights in accordance with law and global agreements".

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

Salem Issa Elkattam Zeabi, UAE Ambassador to Tunisia, who was summoned to clarify the issue, said the ban was "circumstantial and related to security arrangements, and that it was lifted", the Tunisian foreign ministry said in a statement.

The UAE said "security information" had caused the delays.

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That triggered angry reactions on social media and media outlets in Tunisia.

The transport ministry was clear that they will not change the step taken unless Emirates "operate flights in accordance with law and global agreements". Tunisian civil organizations and political parties called on the government to act.

The decision came after the authorities from the North African country asked Emirates to stop the service.

Relations between Qatar on one hand and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt on the other have been severed since June after the four Arab countries accused Doha of backing "terror" groups in the region, a charge denied by Qatar.

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

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".

He also said that the UAE "appreciates and respects Tunisian women", adding that "we should avoid attempts at interpretation and errors".

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