Dubai carrier Emirates to repatriate Egyptians starting June 14

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Updated 12 June 2020

Dubai carrier Emirates to repatriate Egyptians starting June 14

  • The scheduled flights will take place on June 14, 18, 19 and 21
  • The UAE has recorded 479 new coronavirus cases overnight

DUBAI: Dubai carrier Emirates will operate flights to repatriate Egyptian citizens to Cairo amid the coronavirus outbreak, state news agency WAM reported.
The scheduled flights will take place on June 14, 18, 19 and 21, the airline said in a statement.
It added that customers can also connect to the repatriation flights in Dubai from any country on Emirates’ current network of 30 destinations in the GCC region, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas.
“Only Egyptian citizens and those who meet the entry requirements of the destination will be allowed to board,” the airline said. It also called on passengers to comply with all rules of the destination country.
“Travelers from the UAE should arrive at Dubai International airport Terminal 3 for check-in, three hours before departure. Emirates’ check-in counters will only process passengers holding confirmed bookings,” Emirates added.
The UAE has recorded 479 new coronavirus cases overnight, raising the country’s caseload to 40,986, health ministry officials said.


US military accuses Iranian forces of boarding Liberian-flagged civilian ship

Updated 13 August 2020

US military accuses Iranian forces of boarding Liberian-flagged civilian ship

WASHINGTON: The United States military on Wednesday said that Iranian forces had boarded a civilian vessel in international waters in the Gulf.
The US military’s Central Command released a grainy black-and-white video on Twitter showing a helicopter near a large ship.
“Today in international waters, Iranian forces, including two ships and an Iranian ‘Sea King’ helicopter, overtook and boarded a ship called the ‘Wila,’” the US Central Command said in a tweet.
According to Refinitiv tracking data, Wila is a Liberian-flagged oil tanker and was currently anchored near the United Arab Emirates’ port of Khor Fakkan.
A US official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the incident took place near the Strait of Hormuz and the ship was eventually released by Iranian forces. The official said the United States military was not involved in anything other than monitoring the situation.
Tensions between Iran and the United States increased last year following a series of incidents involving shipping in and near the Gulf.
In July 2019, Iran briefly seized a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf after Britain seized the Iranian tanker Grace 1, accused of violating sanctions on Syria.