Israel said its troops backed by helicopters had also killed a number of armed infiltrators entering the country from Lebanon, further raising concerns fighting could spread two days after Hamas gunmen burst in from Gaza on a deadly rampage.
Dubai’s benchmark index slumped 2.6%, the sharpest fall since June last year. The index was dragged down by losses in all sectors with real estate developers Emaar Properties
and Emaar Development dropping 4.4% and 5% respectively.
The emirate’s largest lender Emirates NBD sank 1.9% and Dubai Islamic Bank dropped 3.3%.
In Abu Dhabi, the benchmark index retreated for a fourth consecutive session and ended 1.3% lower, the lowest since May as almost all the stocks on the index were in negative territory.
State-owned oil major ADNOC’s units Abu Dhabi National Oil Company for Distribution and ADNOC Logisticslost 3.8% and 1.9% respectively.
Among the losers, the UAE’s largest lender First Abu Dhabi Bank slipped 1.2% and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank shed 2%, while blue-chip developer Aldar Properties slumped 2.9%.
The Qatari index fell for a fourth straight session, ending 1.7% lower, with all stocks in the red.
The region’s largest lender Qatar National Bank dropped 2.6% and Qatar Islamic Bank slid 1.7%.
Saudi Arabia’s benchmark index recovered some of previous session losses, ending 0.2% lower after it slumped 1.6% in last session, the sharpest decline in 10 months.
The kingdom’s largest lender Saudi National Bank dropped 2.2% and Saudi Basic Industries shed 1.8%.
However, Etihad Atheeb Telecommunication rose 1.5% and the world’s largest Islamic bank by assets, Al Rajhi Bank gained 1.2%.
Outside the Gulf, Egypt’s blue-chip index recouped some of previous session losses and rose 0.3%.
The index was helped by gains in finance and communications sectors with Commercial International Bank rising 1.7% and Telecom Egypt adding 2.2%.
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