Emiratis warned against wearing national dress abroad after man falsely reported for IS allegiance in U.S.
- An Emirati man in the U.S. for medical treatment was forcefully arrested in Avon, Ohio, after a receptionist at the hotel he was staying at called police to report that he was declaring allegiance to the Islamic State.
- He was released once it was determined he had made no such declarations and received an apology from the mayor and police chief.
- After the U.S. ambassador was summoned, the U.A.E. Foreign Ministry issued a statement advising Emirati citizens not to wear traditional formalwear for their safety while traveling abroad.
“Emirati mistaken for Daesh: Avon police chief sorry” (Gulf News)
“‘They were brutal with me’ Emirati describes arrest in US after being mistaken for ISIL member” (The National)
“UAE tells citizens to avoid national dress while abroad after man held in U.S.” (Reuters)
(Image Credit: WEWS News Channel 5, via The National)