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UAE shuts Mogadishu hospital amid tension with Somali government

UAE shuts Mogadishu hospital amid tension with Somali government
From Al Jazeera - April 17, 2018

The United Arab Emirates(UAE) has suspended operations at a hospital it ran in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu,amid growing bilateral tensions.

TheMogadishu-basedSheikh Zayed Hospital, which offered free treatment mainly to poor and displaced people, closed late on Monday, a security officer at the facility, who did not want to be named for fear of losing his job, told Al Jazeera.

Speaking to Goobjoog, a local radio station, hospital directorDr Salim Nurane said that staff "received orders to close the hospital for good.

"We receive between 200 and 300 patients a day, who get all services and medicine available in the hospital for free," Nurane added.

On Monday, the UAE said it would end its military training mission in Somalia.

This came after reports said that Somali officials had stopped a plane from the Gulf country from leaving an airport in Somalia's Puntland region following the refusal ofEmirati military instructors on board to hand over their luggage to be scanned and searched.

Sunday's incident came just days after Somalia's government seized several bags of money containing almost $10m in cash from a Royal Jetplane that arrived at Mogadishu Airport from Abu Dhabi.

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