Police confirm father and son were trapped in Dubai airport for two weeks

Palestinian pair were trying to fly to Sudan from Jordan but the former would not allow them entry as the visa they had from the latter was forged.

DUBAI // Police have confirmed that a Palestinian man and his son were trapped at Dubai airport for two weeks before being flown back to Jordan.

Brig Mohammed Al Murr, director general of the Human Rights Department at Dubai Police, said that Wael Sahlee was trying to travel to Sudan after entering Jordan illegally from Syria.

“The man had initially entered Jordan illegally and was looking to travel to Sudan by transiting through Dubai on flydubai,” he said. “Once he got to Sudan, they refused to let him in on the basis that the visa he had from Jordan was forged.

“In this case, the airline had to bring back the Palestinian man and his son to Dubai.”

Brig Al Murr said the authorities contacted the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, who met with Mr Sahlee at Dubai International Airport.

“He kept refusing to return to Jordan but was finally convinced to go back on Friday to stay in one of the camps there,” he said.

“The man said he wanted to go to Turkey, however no airline would take him without the proper paperwork.”

According to reports, Mr Sahlee, an activist, grew in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. He said that he was arrested and released in 2012, after which he fled to Jordan with his family.

The department head said it was not the first time such a case had occurred in the emirate.


Published: May 18, 2015 04:00 AM