Saudi stops aid to Lebanon, UAE deports 20 Lebanese in support

Published February 20th, 2016 - 10:00 GMT
Twenty Lebanese nationals have been given 48-hours to leave the UAE. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
Twenty Lebanese nationals have been given 48-hours to leave the UAE. (AFP/Karim Sahib)

The United Arab Emirates will deport more than twenty Lebanese nationals residing on its territory giving them a 48-hour notice to leave the country, As Safir daily reported on Saturday.

Related authorities in Lebanon were informed of the decision in the past few hours, sources close to Foreign Minster Jebran Bassil told the daily on condition of anonymity.

They added that it came in parallel with a Saudi Arabian decision that halted a program for military supplies to Lebanon.

On Friday, Saudi Arabia said that it has halted a $3 billion program for military supplies to Lebanon in protest against Hizbullah's policies and recent diplomatic stances by the Lebanese foreign ministry.

UAE announced full support for the “Kingdom's decision to conduct a comprehensive review of its relations with Lebanon and halt its arms deals.”

According to obtained information, the list of deported individuals includes 20 Lebanese mostly from the Awada family who hail from the town of Khiam in the district of Marjeyoun. The list includes another Awada family hailing from the city of Baalbek .

Since 2009, more than 1000 Lebanese mostly Shiites from south Lebanon have been deported from the UAE, the daily added.

The Lebanese embassy in the UAE is following up on the file.


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