11 have just been freed, and there are 15 more that will remain in the UAE to face trial, according to Ibrahim.
The reason for their detainment was not publicized.
In December 2020, Emirati authorities arrested 14 Lebanese while they were playing football. No reason was given for their arrest according to Lebanon’s Ambassador to the UAE, Fouad Dandan.
Back in 2019, eight Lebanese were detained in UAE on charges of having ties to Hezbollah. Five of them were released, one was sentenced to life in prison, and two were sentenced to 10 years.
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