UAE pulls out of Independence Day flyby amid tensions over Temple Mount clashes

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UAE pulls out of Independence Day flyby amid tensions over Temple Mount clashes
The original plan would have seen aircraft from Emirati Etihad Airways and Wizz Air Abu Dhabi soar alongside planes from Israeli airlines
By TOI staff
19 April 2022

Two Emirati airlines announced on Tuesday that they are canceling their participation in the upcoming Independence Day flyover amid the ongoing tensions between Israel and the United Arab Emirates over clashes atop Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. The UAE reportedly informed Israeli Ambassador Amir Hayek of the decision during a dressing down over the violence at the holy site, the first such ceremonial rebuke since the two countries normalized relations a year and a half ago.

UAE Minister Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy conveyed the Emirates’ “strong protest and denunciation” of events in Jerusalem to Hayek, official UAE mouthpiece WAM reported. “Al Hashemy stressed the need to immediately stop these events, provide full protection for worshipers, respect the right of Palestinians to practice their religious rites, and halt any practices that violate the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque,” WAM said. The Israel Air Line Pilots Association originally announced on Sunday that the May 5th event — dubbed the Peace Fly-by 2022 — was slated to include aircraft from Emirati Etihad Airways and Wizz Air Abu Dhabi soaring alongside planes from Israeli airlines.

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