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Qatar’s foreign ministry has denounced a deadly attack in London yesterday that left four people dead and 29 others injured.

In what British officials are calling a terrorist act, an assailant mowed down several people while driving an SUV on Westminster Bridge.

He then stabbed and killed a police officer outside of Parliament before being shot to death by other officers.

An investigation is now underway about the attack.

Rejecting violence

In a statement, MOFA said Qatar rejects violence in “all its forms regardless of its motives as well as all criminal acts that contradict with humanitarian principles and international law.”

It added that Qatar supports the UK government in whatever actions it takes to maintain the country’s security.

On Twitter, Qatar’s foreign minister also weighed in, saying:

Following a meeting about ISIS in the US yesterday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also commented on terrorism:

The UK is a key ally of Qatar, whose sovereign wealth fund owns a great deal of property in and around London.

Earlier this week, it announced a ban on most electronics onboard aircraft headed to the country from the Middle East over concerns of a terrorist threat.

The ban mirrored one imposed by the US hours earlier, but exempts Qatar and the UAE.

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Passengers flying from several cities in the Middle East to the UK have also been prohibited from carrying most electronic devices onboard, officials have announced.

The move follows in the footsteps of a new rule issued by the US today that requires passengers coming from eight countries (including Qatar) to pack any device larger than a cell phone into their checked luggage.

However, the UK ban affects fewer nations.

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In a statement, the Department of Transport said “Phones, laptops and tablets larger than 16.0cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm not allowed in the cabin on flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia.”

This means passengers flying through Qatar and the UAE have escaped the new requirements if they’re heading to London or other UK cities.

According to Sky News, some UK airlines will also be affected by the ban:

Safety concerns

US officials cited the possibility of a terrorist attack as a reason for instituting its indefinite electronics ban.

The UK transport department said that it understood the new measures would cause “frustration,” but it was also concerned about safety.

“The House will recognize that we face a constantly evolving threat from terrorism and must respond accordingly to ensure the protection of the public against those who would do us harm,” it said.

However, officials added, “we remain open for business. People should continue to fly and comply with security procedures.”

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It is against the law to lay off employees who are out of the country on vacation, Qatar’s labor ministry has said.

In separate posts on Facebook this week, the ministry reminded managers about two clauses regarding leave in Qatar’s labor law.

Article 85 states that an employer may not terminate the service contract or notify a worker of termination while he is on leave.

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However, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs added that Article 84 of the labor law prohibits employees from working for somebody else while on leave.

“If it has been proved to the employer that the worker has contravened this provision, the employer may deprive him from his wage for the period of the leave and recover what he has already paid of that wage,” the law states.

Reporting cases

If an employee is fired while on leave, he or she does have some recourse.

For example, the labor ministry has set up several electronic kiosks across its branches to accept grievances in 11 languages.

Complaint kiosk.

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Complaint kiosk

But pursuing a court case against an employer could be costly and timely. This can be discouraging particularly for those with little money and no access to transportation, according to rights groups.

Last year, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said that several workers they spoke to during their visit to Qatar were not aware of the kiosks.

The delegation said it also met expats who faced retaliation after reporting issues. And some said their court hearings were continuously delayed because their employer refused to attend the proceedings.

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