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Qatar using Somali airspace

June 7, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Qatar Airways plane, 31 March 2017 [Julian Herzog/Wikipedia]

Qatar Airways has started using Somali airspace since a number of Arab states severed diplomatic ties with it on Monday, reported All Africa.

A Somalia Civil Aviation official said 15 Qatari aircrafts have landed in Somalia since Monday; previously only two aircrafts would arrive in Somalia from Qatar each day.

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Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain and others have applied a land and air siege on Qatar over tensions on foreign policy.

In a Foreign Ministry statement, Saudi Arabia accused Doha of sheltering and backing terrorist groups, promoting terrorist groups in the media, and supporting Houthi militia in Yemen. Doha denies the accusations.

Eight countries have now severed ties with Doha including the Maldives, Mauritania and Yemen.