Tripoli, 13 October:
The UAE Foreign Ministry has advised its citizens not to travel to Libya for hunting because of security situation . . .[restrict]in the country. The head of the ministry’s Department of Citizens’ Affairs, Issa Abdullah Al-Kalbani, said that the UAE government was concerned for the safety of its citizens and that anyone who was planning to travel should register with the ministry’s ‘Tawajudi’ service.
The Libyan hunting season has started. Emiratis are particularly keen on falconry and have been coming in small numbers in pursuit of their hobby for some years.
Gazelle hunting also continues although in the case of the Slender Horned Gazelle, its numbers have been so dramatically reduced that it is on the endangered species list and hunting it is illegal. Even the more common Dorcas Gazelle is much reduced in number because of excessive hunting. [/restrict]