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UAE: Qatar fighter jets intercepted civilian flight

The Qatar Air Force concluded its military exercise with the British Royal Air Force at the Al-Nathir Air Base in Doha on 30 November 2017. [Katar Savunma Bakanlığı/Handout]
Qatari jets at the Al-Nathir Air Base in Doha on 30 November 2017. [Katar Savunma Bakanlığı/Handout]

The United Arab Emirates said today that Qatari fighter jets intercepted an Emirati civilian aircraft during a routine flight to Bahrain, state news agency WAM reported, escalating a months-old feud between the Gulf Arab states.

The UAE Civil Aviation authority condemned the alleged incident and said it would take “all necessary legal measures to ensure the safety and security of civil air traffic”, Reuters reported

There was no immediate Qatari reaction to the report, and it was not clear if the flight was forced to divert its course.

The UAE is one of four Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt that imposed travel, diplomatic and trade sanctions on Qatar in June last year, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. Qatar has denied the charges.

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On Friday, Qatar filed a complaint to the United Nations about an alleged violation of its airspace in December by an Emirati military aircraft.

Qatari authorities said the violation on 21 December, which the UAE denied, lasted one minute.

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