LBC TV has confirmed information that the United Arab Emirates has deported 70 Lebanese, mostly from the Shiite Muslim community, and gave them 24-hour to leave the country.
For his part, the Chairman of the Lebanese deportees in United Arab Emirates Hassan Layyan pointed in an interview with LBCI 70 Lebanese families have been deported or at least 200 family members in total .
LBC did not report the reasons behind their deportation.
This is not the first time the UAE targets the Lebanese Shiites in deportation . In 2010 125 Lebanese were deported and the only answer the Lebanese Foreign ministry was able to get from the UAE was ” for security reasons”.
According to observers this action is part of a growing campaign being conducted by the UAE against Lebanese nationals, especially Shiites, out of the fear that they may have ties to Hezbollah or the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.