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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 21 November 2018

UAE hotline to help Emirati-Qatari families

The instructions from President Sheikh Khalifa come following a dispute between the two countries on Monday when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain moved to isolate Qatar over its support for Islamist and terrorist groups.
The Waqif souq in Doha. Naseem Zeitoon / Reuters
The Waqif souq in Doha. Naseem Zeitoon / Reuters

ABU DHABI // A hotline has been set up to offer support for Emirati-Qatari families in the country.

The instructions from President Sheikh Khalifa come following a dispute between the two countries on Monday, when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain moved to isolate Qatar over its support for Islamist and terrorist groups.

An official source said the hotline would take the humanitarian circumstances of these families into consideration and take the appropriate measures to help them, reported Wam, the state news agency.

A statement said that “the well being of the brotherly Qatari people is a natural authentic extension of the brotherly UAE people”.

Affected families have been told to contact the Ministry of Interior’s Aman hotline service at +9718002626.

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain also set up similar services on Sunday.

Meanwhile, UAE airports and borders have been ordered not to prevent any Qatari citizens who are first-degree relatives of UAE nationals from passing through. A senior airport and borders security official said the decision followed the announcement of the ban and came into effect on the same day.

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