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UAE releases seized Qatari military vessel

Military ships belonging to Qatar in Doha, Qatar on 16 July, 2017 [Qatari Defense Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency]
Military ships belonging to Qatar in Doha, Qatar on 16 July, 2017 [Qatari Defense Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency]

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday announced it had released a Qatari military vessel that was seized late last month after entering Emirati territorial waters, reports Anadolu Agency.

According to a statement released by the UAE’s Foreign Ministry, the boat had been carrying two Qatari military personnel, along with a Palestinian and an Indian national, when it was seized on April 30.

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The statement did not provide any further details, while Doha has yet to comment on the ministry’s claims.

Since mid-2017, the UAE – along with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain – has imposed a diplomatic and commercial embargo on Qatar, accusing the country of supporting terrorist groups.

Doha strenuously denies the allegation, describing the ongoing embargo as a violation of international law.

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