4 of 70 Shia Lebanese deported from UAE return to Beirut for alleged ties with Hezbollah

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Lebonan
Monday, 16 March 2015

Four of nearly 70 mostly Shia Lebanese citizens recently expelled from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for alleged ties with Hezbollah resistance movement have arrived in Lebanon’s capital Beirut.

The four landed in Beirut’s airport late Saturday night and “a much larger group is set to arrive” late Sunday, the head of a committee representing the citizens expelled from the UAE, Hassan al-Ayan, was quoted by Daily Star as saying.

The deportees arrived in Beirut merely two days after about 70 Lebanese nationals were notified by the Lebanese embassy in Abu Dhabi of the UAE’s decision to expel them with their entire families. Most of those facing deportations are Shias.

The decision marks the third such move by a Persian Gulf state in six years, the newspaper said.

Dozens of Lebanese Shias that had lived in the UAE for years were also expelled from the country in 2009 after being accused of having links with Hezbollah whose popularity has grown after fending off major military aggression against by the Israeli regime.

Also in 2013, the oil-rich state of Qatar expelled 18 Lebanese citizens, after the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council imposed sanctions against Hezbollah for its military assistance to the Syrian government in its battle against a massive foreign-backed militancy.

Meanwhile, al-Ayan said the deportees who arrived in Beirut Saturday night remained in a state of shock.

He also said that UAE authorities were “unwavering when he requested an extension to the two day deadline, despite the fact that it was impossible for him settle any of his affairs by that time.”

“All he could do was finalize paper work at the company he is employed at and request an official document that would allow his relatives, who still reside in the UAE, to assume ownership of his property,” al-Ayan added.

According to the report, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam raised the issue of deportations with his Emirati counterpart, Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum, on the sidelines of an economic conference in Egypt on Saturday.

Salam’s office also issued a statement saying that Maktoum stressed that the “UAE has neither a policy nor an intention to target Lebanese residents.”

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