Qatar mulls barring laborers from malls during 'family day'

Updated 19 November 2015

Qatar mulls barring laborers from malls during 'family day'

DOHA: In an contentious move, Qatar’s municipality has opened talks on re-instituting a “family-day” policy of barring blue-collared workers from entering shopping malls.
According to online news website Doha News, the policy ensures that shopping malls only allow families during Fridays, usually the only day off in a week for Qatar’s thousands of labor workers, Al Arabiya reported.
The policy has received criticism and scrutiny over the years as many complained of being “racially profiled” depending where they look like they come from.
Malls like City Centre in Doha’s West Bay district scrapped the rule after security officers weren’t able to enforce it consistently. The rule allowed men, so long as they were accompanied by female relatives, to enter the malls. But the policy was only enforced on bachelors from the sub-continent region of India, Pakistan and Nepal.
“The rule makes us feel like we’re not human at all,” a Nepali laborer who did want to be identified for fears of repercussion, said in comments last year. “It hurts us that we can’t enjoy ourselves and be among people inside malls during the hot searing months. This policy makes us feel unwelcome in the country we are helping build.”


Eastern Libyan forces say they retook town, relieving pressure on stronghold

Updated 54 min 46 sec ago

Eastern Libyan forces say they retook town, relieving pressure on stronghold

  • Mismari said in a message that the LNA had retaken Asaba
  • Footage published online appeared to show LNA fighters inside the town

BENGHAZI: Eastern Libyan forces said on Monday they had taken back the small town of Al-Asaba south of Tripoli, relieving pressure on their stronghold at Tarhouna after weeks of territorial losses to forces of the internationally recognized government.
Ahmed Mismari, spokesman for the eastern-based Libyan National Army under Khalifa Haftar, said in a message that the LNA had retaken Asaba, and footage was published online that appeared to show LNA fighters inside the town.
Haftar launched an offensive in April 2019 to capture the capital Tripoli, seat of the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), but has lost ground recently.
With Turkish backing, the GNA has retaken a string of towns near the Tunisian border, a strategically important air base and much of the LNA’s foothold in Tripoli’s southern suburbs.
The GNA took Asaba last month, putting pressure on the LNA’s last major stronghold in northwestern Libya, the town of Tarhouna. There was no immediate comment from the GNA on Monday on whether it had lost Asaba.
Mismari said the LNA had captured Asaba after air strikes there. During LNA losses of ground last month, Turkish drones were crucial to GNA advances and the GNA said they had destroyed several LNA air defense systems.