Bahrain allows all flights to and from UAE to cross its airspace

Bahrain allows all flights to and from UAE to cross its airspace
An Etihad flight landing in Abu Dhabi. Bahrain said all flights coming to and from the UAE capital could use its airspace. (AFP/File)
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Updated 04 September 2020

Bahrain allows all flights to and from UAE to cross its airspace

Bahrain allows all flights to and from UAE to cross its airspace
  • The announcement came after Saudi Arabia released a similar statement on Wednesday.

DUBAI: Bahrain has approved a request to allow the passage of flights from all countries headed to the UAE through the Kingdom’s airspace. 

The Civil Aviation Affairs department at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said the request came from the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority.

The request stated the UAE’s desire to allow flights to pass through the Kingdom's airspace while traveling between “all countries” and the UAE.

The announcement came after Saudi Arabia released a similar statement on Wednesday.

It comes after the UAE and Israel normalized ties last month.

A joint Israeli-US delegation traveled from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi on Monday and returned on Tuesday.


Egyptians abducted by Libyan gang freed

Egyptians abducted by Libyan gang freed
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Egyptians abducted by Libyan gang freed

Egyptians abducted by Libyan gang freed
  • Security forces in Tobruk also arrested seven people who were involved in the killing of three Egyptian citizens

CAIRO: A Libyan security source has said that several Egyptians who were recently kidnapped in Libya have been freed by the Tobruk Security Directorate.

According to statements by local Egyptian newspapers, criminal gangs had kidnapped the Egyptian victims after they illegally entered the country.

The source said that 32 Egyptian citizens were captured by a criminal gang that kidnaps and extorts foreigners.

Libyan security forces arrested a number of criminals involved in the kidnappings, the source said, adding that more will likely be arrested following further investigation.

Security forces in Tobruk also arrested seven people who were involved in the killing of three Egyptian citizens, whose bodies were discovered with signs of torture.

The Libyan source confirmed that orders were issued by the Interior Minister of the Eastern Government Ibrahim Boushnaf to apprehend criminals and free kidnapped and detained people in order to establish security and stability in the east of the country.

Families of a group of young men from Beni Suef Egyptian Governorate said that 10 men had been kidnapped within Libya.

One family member said that his son-in-law had traveled to Libya in a microbus, adding that the vehicle was captured and everyone on board detained.

Kidnappers demanded 100,000 Egyptian pounds ($6,356) for each of the young men to be released. The son-in-law was married about a month ago and took off 20 days after.

Families of the victims said the bus driver told them that the kidnappers had contacted him and demanded the families be informed of the ransom demands.

Egyptian authorities intervened in June 2020 to free 23 kidnapped Egyptians who were tortured by the Al-Wefaq militia.

They freed the prisoners and sent them back to Egypt, just hours after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi ordered state agencies to find and return them.