UAE, Bahrain condemn Qatar jets intercepting two civilian planes

The UAE on Monday accused fighter jets belonging to Qatar of intercepting two passenger planes en route to Bahrain. (File photo: Reuters)

A Qatari fighter jet intercepted two civil aircrafts en route to Bahrain International Airport while on their regular daily routes, the UAE General Authority of Civil Aviation said on Monday. 

“Qatari fighter jets intercept an Emirati civilian aircraft during a routine flight to Manama in a flagrant threat to civil aviation safety and in a clear violation of international law,” the UAE General Authority of Civil Aviation said in a statement published by the state news agency.

The General Authority of Civil Aviation is considering the available legal options with the International Civil Aviation Organization.

The United Arab Emirates is one of four Arab states that cut all relations with Qatar in June, accusing it of ties to both extremists and Shiite Iran. Qatar has denied intercepting the Emirati passenger plane.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain strongly condemned the Qatari fighter jets intercepting the civilian aircrafts which were on their regular daily scheduled routes.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52
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