Eight killed in deadly UAE road smash

Earlier this year, the UAE called for total ban on minibuses by 2023, amid concerns at their safety. (Dubai Police)
Updated 30 September 2019

Eight killed in deadly UAE road smash

  • An investigation is underway in to what caused the road smash to happen
  • Eight people in the minibus, including the driver, were killed and six were injured – two of them seriously

DUBAI: Eight people were killed and six injured in a crash on one of the UAE’s busiest highways early Monday morning, Dubai Police spokesman said.

The smash, involving a minibus carrying 14 people and a heavy goods vehicle, happened shortly after 4:30 a.m. on the Sharjah-bound side of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road close to Mirdif City Centre.  

Police say the bus drove into the lorry which was stationary on the hard shoulder of the highway.

Eight people in the minibus, including the driver, were killed and six were injured – two of them seriously.  

The road remained open while emergency services attended the scene, although traffic congestion caused delays in the area.

An investigation is underway in to what caused the road smash to happen.

Earlier this year, the UAE called for total ban on minibuses by 2023, amid concerns over their safety.


Bangladeshi migrants to be repatriated from Libya

Updated 14 November 2019

Bangladeshi migrants to be repatriated from Libya

DHAKA: One hundred and seventy-one Bangladeshi migrants are waiting to be repatriated from two detention centers in Libya after being rescued from the Mediterranean coast on Oct. 30 as they tried to make their way into Europe, officials told Arab News on Wednesday. 

In all, 200 migrants were rescued during the operation.

“The registration process of all the Bangladeshi migrants has been completed and we are expecting to start the repatriation by the end of November,” ASM Ashraful Islam, councilor at the Bangladesh embassy in Libya, said.

He added that, due to the ongoing war in Libya, airports in Tripoli remain non-operational. The Bangladeshi migrants will fly from Misrata airport, 300 kilometers away.

“There are frequent incidents of bombardment and long-range missile strikes (at Tripoli airport),” Islam explained. He said no international airline was currently willing to fly from Libya to Bangladesh, so the embassy intends to charter a flight to repatriate the migrants.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will bear the expenses for the rescued Bangladeshis, who are currently being held at detention centers in Zanzur and Abu Salim, he said, adding, “Bangladesh mission staffers in Tripoli are in constant touch with the returnees and providing necessary food and other assistance for them.”

In recent years, human traffickers have used Libya as a gateway through which to send illegal migrants to Italy and other European countries. According to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency — Frontex — around 30,000 Bangladeshi migrants have been arrested while trying to enter Europe in the last decade. The organization said that, in recent years, Bangladesh is one of the countries from which the most illegal migrants have tried to enter Europe. The IOM has facilitated the repatriation of Bangladeshi citizens from Libya in the past — 924 in 2017, 307 in 2016, and 521 in 2015.

“Among unemployed Bangladeshi fortune seekers, there is a (desire) to migrate to Europe by any means, and human-trafficking syndicates at home and abroad (have grabbed) this opportunity,” Shariful Hasan, head of the migration program at the Bangladesh-based development organization BRAC, told Arab News. “There needs to be an integrated effort by all concerned countries, with the support of Interpol, to curb this human trafficking.”