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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Nine-year-long blood feud between Al Ain and Al Buraimi families settled

Several high profile figures in the UAE intervened to end the feud as part of the Year of Zayed

The Omani town of Al Buraimi borders Al Ain in the UAE.  Lauren Lancaster / The National
The Omani town of Al Buraimi borders Al Ain in the UAE. Lauren Lancaster / The National

A nine-year-long blood-feud between two families has come to an end after several senior figures intervened and reached to a settlement.

The feud began in 2008 but turned bloody in the summer of 2010 when a man from Al Ahbabi family in Al Ain killed a young man from Al Bloushi family in Al Buraimi in Oman then fled to Al Ain.

In 2012, the relatives of the deceased man killed two men from Al Ahbabi family in an act of revenge.

The retaliation led to a flurry of attempts from both families to avenge those killed but neither side was successful.

This year, a number of well-known figures in the UAE including Ahmed Al Suwaidi, the UAE’s first Foreign Minister and prominent adviser to the UAE Founding Father Sheikh Zayed; Sheikh Musallam bin Ham, Federal National Council member and Mufleh Al Ahbabi who hosts the Ministry of Interior's Majlis, in addition to retired military senior officials, intervened in attempts to settle the blood-feud ahead of the Year of Zayed.

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Sheikh bin Ham said Mr Al Suwaidi’s mediation in attempts to end the conflict and spread peace between the two families upheld the inherent values ​​and traditions of the UAE’s community.

“Our efforts come in line with the directions of the leadership to maintain the concept of social peace and reveal the spirit of coexistence and harmony among the various components of society,” said Sheikh bin Ham.

The settlement involved dropping all legal charges raised by each family against the other, which included allegations of murder and assault.

Similarly, each family must pledge to refrain from harming members of the other family.